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       hobbitlaunch - Master program to launch other Xymon programs


       hobbitlaunch [options]


       hobbitlaunch(8)  is  the  main  program that controls the execution and
       scheduling of all of the components in the Xymon system.

       hobbitlaunch allows the administrator to add, remove or change the  set
       of  Xymon  applications  and  extensions  without  restarting  Xymon  -
       hobbitlaunch will automatically notice any changes in the set of tasks,
       and change the scheduling of activities accordingly.

       hobbitlaunch  also  allows the administrator to setup specific logfiles
       for each component of the Xymon system, instead of getting output  from
       all components logged to a single file.


              Loads the environment from FILENAME before starting other tools.
              The environment defined by FILENAME is the default,  it  can  be
              overridden by the ENVFILE option in hobbitlaunch.cfg(5)

              This  option  defines the file that hobbitlaunch scans for tasks
              it  must  launch.   A   description   of   this   file   is   in
              hobbitlaunch.cfg(5)       The      default      tasklist      is

              Defines the logfile where hobbitlaunch  logs  information  about
              failures  to  launch tasks and other data about the operation of
              hobbitlaunch. Logs from individual  tasks  are  defined  in  the
              hobbitlaunch.cfg file. By default this is logged to stdout.

              Filename   which  hobbitlaunch  saves  its  own  process-ID  to.
              Commonly used by automated start/stop scripts.

              Logs the launch of all tasks  to  the  logfile.  Note  that  the
              logfile may become quite large if you enable this.

       --dump Just  dump  the  contents  of  the  hobbitlaunch.cfg  file after
              parsing it.  Used for debugging.

              Enable debugging output while running.

              hobbitlaunch normally detaches from the controlling tty and runs
              as  a  background  task.  This  option  keeps  it running in the


       hobbitlaunch will read the configuration file  and  start  all  of  the
       tasks listed there.

       If  a  task completes abnormally (i.e. terminated by a signal or with a
       non-zero exit status), then hobbitlaunch will attempt to restart  it  5
       times.  If  it  still  will  not  run, then the task is disabled for 10
       minutes. This will be logged to the hobbitlaunch logfile.

       If the configuration file changes, hobbitlaunch  will  re-read  it  and
       notice   any   changes.   If  a  running  task  was  removed  from  the
       configuration, then the task is stopped. If a new task  was  added,  it
       will  be  started.   If  the command used for a task changed, or it was
       given a new environment definition file, or the  logfile  was  changed,
       then the task is stopped and restarted with the new definition.


       hobbitlaunch.cfg(5), xymon(7)