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Commons Daemon
Developer(s)Apache Software Foundation
Stable release
1.2.2 / October 3, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-10-03)
Written inJava, C
Operating systemCross-platform
LicenseApache License 2.0

Commons Daemon, formerly known as JSVC, is a Java software library belonging to the Apache Commons Project.

Daemon provides a portable means of starting and stopping a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that is running server-side applications. Such applications often have additional requirements compared to client-side applications. For example, the servlet container Tomcat 4 would need to serialize sessions and shutdown web applications before the JVM process terminates.

Daemon comprises 2 parts: a native library written in C that interfaces with the operating system, and the library that provides the Daemon API, written in Java.

There are two ways to use Commons Daemon: by implementing the daemon interface or by calling a class that provides the required methods for daemon. For example, Tomcat-4.1.x uses the daemon interface and Tomcat-5.0.x provides a class whose methods are called by JSVC directly.