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Alternatives to runit

Supervisord, Monit, Sidekiq, Hangfire, and Resque are the most popular alternatives and competitors to runit.
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What is runit and what are its top alternatives?

Runit is a Unix init scheme that is simple, robust, and reliable. It is known for its fast boot times, small footprint, and ease of use. Runit provides service supervision, process management, and automatic restarting of failed services. However, one limitation of runit is that it may require additional configuration to integrate with certain systems or tools.

  1. systemd: systemd is a system and service manager for Linux operating systems. Key features include parallel startup of services, dependency-based service control, and system logging. It provides advanced features but can be complex and resource-intensive compared to runit.
  2. OpenRC: OpenRC is an init system for Unix-like systems that focuses on simplicity and speed. It supports parallel service startup, dependency management, and runscript compatibility. However, it may lack some advanced features present in runit.
  3. s6: s6 is a suite of programs for managing processes on Unix-like operating systems. It features supervision, logging, and service management. s6 is lightweight and highly configurable, but may have a steeper learning curve compared to runit.
  4. Upstart: Upstart is an event-based init system for Unix-like operating systems. It supports job control, event monitoring, and parallel service startup. While it offers advanced features, Upstart has been largely replaced by systemd in most Linux distributions.
  5. Supervisord: Supervisord is a client/server system for process control that is often used for managing process state on a Unix system. It provides a web-based interface for managing processes and offers features like automatic restarts and log capturing. However, it may not be as tightly integrated with the system as runit.
  6. launchd: launchd is a system service management framework developed by Apple for macOS and its derivatives. It features service management, job scheduling, and service activation based on system events. While launchd is highly capable, it is specific to macOS platforms.
  7. daemontools: daemontools is a collection of tools for managing UNIX daemons. It includes utilities for service supervision, logging, and monitoring. daemontools provides robust process management but may lack some of the modern features found in runit.
  8. s6-rc: s6-rc is a service manager for Unix-like systems that works in conjunction with s6. It provides dependency resolution, service activation, and atomic updates. s6-rc offers advanced service management capabilities but may require additional configuration compared to runit.
  9. nosh: nosh is an init system and service manager designed for Unix-like operating systems. It features service supervision, logging, and process management. nosh provides a comprehensive set of tools but may have a steeper learning curve than runit.
  10. Perp: Perp is a process supervisor and runner for Unix-like systems. It supports service supervision, process control, and logging. Perp is lightweight and easy to configure, but it may not offer as many advanced features as runit.

Top Alternatives to runit

  • Supervisord
    Supervisord

    It allows its users to monitor and control a number of processes on UNIX-like operating systems. It shares some of the same goals of programs like launchd, daemontools, and runit. it is meant to be used to control processes related to a project or a customer, and is meant to start like any other program at boot time. ...

  • Monit
    Monit

    It can monitor and manage distributed computer systems, conduct automatic maintenance and repair and execute meaningful causal actions in error situations. ...

  • Sidekiq
    Sidekiq

    Sidekiq uses threads to handle many jobs at the same time in the same process. It does not require Rails but will integrate tightly with Rails 3/4 to make background processing dead simple. ...

  • Hangfire
    Hangfire

    It is an open-source framework that helps you to create, process and manage your background jobs, i.e. operations you don't want to put in your request processing pipeline. It supports all kind of background tasks – short-running and long-running, CPU intensive and I/O intensive, one shot and recurrent. ...

  • Resque
    Resque

    Background jobs can be any Ruby class or module that responds to perform. Your existing classes can easily be converted to background jobs or you can create new classes specifically to do work. Or, you can do both. ...

  • Beanstalkd
    Beanstalkd

    Beanstalks's interface is generic, but was originally designed for reducing the latency of page views in high-volume web applications by running time-consuming tasks asynchronously. ...

  • PHP-FPM
    PHP-FPM

    It is an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation with some additional features useful for sites of any size, especially busier sites. It includes Adaptive process spawning, Advanced process management with graceful stop/start, Emergency restart in case of accidental opcode cache destruction etc. ...

  • Cron
    Cron

    Background-only application which launches and runs other applications, or opens documents, at specified dates and times. ...

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            Stupidly simple to integrate and run on Rails/Heroku
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            We decided to use AWS Lambda for several serverless tasks such as

            • Managing AWS backups
            • Processing emails received on Amazon SES and stored to Amazon S3 and notified via Amazon SNS, so as to push a message on our Redis so our Sidekiq Rails workers can process inbound emails
            • Pushing some relevant Amazon CloudWatch metrics and alarms to Slack
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            Simon Bettison
            Managing Director at Bettison.org Limited · | 8 upvotes · 765.5K views

            In 2012 we made the very difficult decision to entirely re-engineer our existing monolithic LAMP application from the ground up in order to address some growing concerns about it's long term viability as a platform.

            Full application re-write is almost always never the answer, because of the risks involved. However the situation warranted drastic action as it was clear that the existing product was going to face severe scaling issues. We felt it better address these sooner rather than later and also take the opportunity to improve the international architecture and also to refactor the database in. order that it better matched the changes in core functionality.

            PostgreSQL was chosen for its reputation as being solid ACID compliant database backend, it was available as an offering AWS RDS service which reduced the management overhead of us having to configure it ourselves. In order to reduce read load on the primary database we implemented an Elasticsearch layer for fast and scalable search operations. Synchronisation of these indexes was to be achieved through the use of Sidekiq's Redis based background workers on Amazon ElastiCache. Again the AWS solution here looked to be an easy way to keep our involvement in managing this part of the platform at a minimum. Allowing us to focus on our core business.

            Rails ls was chosen for its ability to quickly get core functionality up and running, its MVC architecture and also its focus on Test Driven Development using RSpec and Selenium with Travis CI providing continual integration. We also liked Ruby for its terse, clean and elegant syntax. Though YMMV on that one!

            Unicorn was chosen for its continual deployment and reputation as a reliable application server, nginx for its reputation as a fast and stable reverse-proxy. We also took advantage of the Amazon CloudFront CDN here to further improve performance by caching static assets globally.

            We tried to strike a balance between having control over management and configuration of our core application with the convenience of being able to leverage AWS hosted services for ancillary functions (Amazon SES , Amazon SQS Amazon Route 53 all hosted securely inside Amazon VPC of course!).

            Whilst there is some compromise here with potential vendor lock in, the tasks being performed by these ancillary services are no particularly specialised which should mitigate this risk. Furthermore we have already containerised the stack in our development using Docker environment, and looking to how best to bring this into production - potentially using Amazon EC2 Container Service

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            Hangfire

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                  Frédéric MARAND
                  Core Developer at OSInet · | 2 upvotes · 232.4K views

                  I used Kafka originally because it was mandated as part of the top-level IT requirements at a Fortune 500 client. What I found was that it was orders of magnitude more complex ...and powerful than my daily Beanstalkd , and far more flexible, resilient, and manageable than RabbitMQ.

                  So for any case where utmost flexibility and resilience are part of the deal, I would use Kafka again. But due to the complexities involved, for any time where this level of scalability is not required, I would probably just use Beanstalkd for its simplicity.

                  I tend to find RabbitMQ to be in an uncomfortable middle place between these two extremities.

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