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I have been writing Windows services in C/C++ and then in C# since 1999. Now that I am writing server based software in Go for the Linux OS I am completely lost. What is even more frustrating, is that for the first time the OS I am developing on (Mac OSX) is not the operating system I will be deploying my code on. That will be for another blog post.
I want to run my code as a background process (daemon) on my Mac. My only problem is, I have no idea how that works on the Mac OS.I was lucky to find an open source project called service on Bitbucket by Daniel Theophanes. This code taught me how to create, install, start and stop daemons on the Mac OS. The code also supports daemons for the Linux OS and Windows.Background Processes on the Mac OSThe Mac OS has two types of background processes, Daemons and Agents. Here is a definition for each:A daemon is a program that runs in the background as part of the overall system (that is, it is not tied to a particular user). A daemon cannot display any GUI; more specifically, it is not allowed to connect to the window server. A web server is the perfect example of a daemon.
In my LiteIDE project for Going Go you will see five Go source code files. Three of these files have the name of an environment we can build the code for, darwin (Mac), linux and windows.Since I am building against the Mac OS, the service_linux.go and service_windows.go files are ignored by the compiler.The compiler recognizes this naming convention by default.
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><br />
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC \"-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN\" \"[ http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd ](/broken-link)\" ><br />
<plist version='1.0'><br />
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