1 Reimplementing `sysmgr` in C 2 ================================================================================ 3 4 For a while, I have been thinking about implementing [sysmgr] in C. I started 5 thinking about the inefficiencies of sysmgr. POSIX sh isn't particularly 6 designed to have ultimate control over child processes. There are basic job 7 management features that are _just enough_ for sysmgr to do its job. The 8 biggest pain is having to use tools like `sleep(1)` and `kill(1)`. Calling 9 sleep every second, and using the kill command to check whether a process is 10 alive or not is extremely inefficient. Some shells _do_ include these commands 11 built-in, but it isn't specified by POSIX, but one should never take this as 12 granted. 13 14 Lately, I have been adding C utilities to sysmgr to make it more efficient. This 15 defeats the initial purpose of sysmgr, being a service manager in pure POSIX 16 shell. My main purpose, however, is making sysmgr efficient and simplistic. It 17 mostly imitates `runit` without dealing with all the complexity of the 18 over-thinked `supervise` directory, nor the logging stuff. Most of these can be 19 handled by the service script itself anyway. That's why instead of this ugly 20 C/POSIX sh hybrid, I decided to implement it all in C. 21 22 I am not a C expert or anything, I am learning a lot as I am writing the 23 program. I want it to be C99 and portable (for BSD). It's currently not 24 functional at all, but, you can see its current state [here]. 25 26 [sysmgr]: https://git.ckyln.com/sysmgr 27 [here]: https://git.ckyln.com/sm 28 29 EDIT Oct 10 2020: 30 31 I did the initial release of this C version of sysmgr, which is more stable, 32 and performant than the POSIX sh version. It still has rough edges, but is 33 completely usable.