DAEMONSection: Linux Programmer's Manual (3)
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NAMEdaemon - run in the background
int daemon(int nochdir, int noclose);
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
DESCRIPTIONThe daemon() function is for programs wishing to detach themselves from the controlling terminal and run in the background as system daemons.
Unless the argument nochdir is non-zero, daemon() changes the current working directory to the root ("/").
RETURN VALUE(This function forks, and if the fork(2) succeeds, the parent calls _exit(2), so that further errors are seen by the child only.) On success zero will be returned. If an error occurs, daemon() returns -1 and sets errno to any of the errors specified for the fork(2) and setsid(2).
CONFORMING TONot in POSIX.1-2001. A similar function appears on the BSDs. The daemon() function first appeared in 4.4BSD.
NOTESThe glibc implementation can also return -1 when /dev/null exists but is not a character device with the expected major and minor numbers. In this case errno need not be set.
SEE ALSOfork(2), setsid(2)
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