[Mono-list] mono service/SCM on linux how to

Andreas Färber andreas.faerber at web.de
Mon May 1 16:32:07 EDT 2006

Hi Nate,

> I have been trawling the list archives and the mono site on the
> recommended approach for writing / deploying a windows service to
> target linux but haven't been able to find a good reference.
The "good reference" depends pretty much on the Linux distribution you
are targetting. Most documentation and links in the list archive are
about Novell's SuSE Linux; I managed to get it working on Fedora Core
(and Solaris) based on that, using documentation for native
> What is the current recommended approach for developing and deploying
> services with mono on linux?
> Basically I am looking to port a windows service so that it runs via
> /etc/init.d/natesnuclearservice start | stop | restart etc.
Usually this involves having a distribution-specific shell script that
spawns mono-service (or mono-service2 for .NET 2.0) and interacts with
it via PID and signals.

During initial development getting your service to work can be a little
tricky as exceptions or Mono crashes are not logged. You might need to
figure out how to manually call Mono with the managed mono-service class
to see its output on the console.

As for deployment, that depends on the system as well - so far I've only
worked with Solaris packages but it should also be possible through RPMs
or Debian packages just like installing native daemons.
> I saw a few threads refer to a mono-service but they seemed a couple
> years old?
The most up-to-date mono-service options are available through "man
mono-service". :-)
And no, there are also more recent posts on this topic, e.g. by me
around February, also some earlier related posts on the topic of running
XSP as daemon.



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