Guide updated on 29th of February 2016

Configure Daemontools

Daemontools is a collection of Unix tools for managing services. Its home page is here:

If you don't want to read about it, just remember that it allows to automatically restart a crashing service (but it allows a lot of other things and I really advice you to read about it...)

It has already been installed with a Debian package at this step

In this guide version, we'll use it only to manage the processes qmail-smtpd, qmail-send and qmail-smtpdssl. I however plan to manage other services in a next release.

Create the needed directories with appropriates permissions

mkdir -p /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpd/log
mkdir -p /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-send/log
mkdir -p /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpdssl/log
mkdir -p /var/qmail/supervise/courierpassd/log

cd /var/qmail/supervise
chmod +t qmail-smtpd qmail-send qmail-smtpdssl courierpassd

Copy the scripts to their proper locations

cp /downloads/scripts/service-qmail-send-run /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-send/run
cp /downloads/scripts/send_log /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-send/log/run
cp /downloads/scripts/service-qmail-smtpd-run /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpd/run
cp /downloads/scripts/smtpd_log /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpd/log/run
cp /downloads/scripts/service-qmail-smtpdssl-run /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpdssl/run
cp /downloads/scripts/smtpdssl_log /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpdssl/log/run
cp /downloads/scripts/service-courierpassd-run /var/qmail/supervise/courierpassd/run
cp /downloads/scripts/service-any-log-run /var/qmail/supervise/courierpassd/log/run

Adapt permissions

chmod 751 /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpd/run
chmod 751 /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpd/log/run
chmod 751 /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-send/run
chmod 751 /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-send/log/run
chmod 751 /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpdssl/run
chmod 751 /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpdssl/log/run
chmod 751 /var/qmail/supervise/courierpassd/run
chmod 751 /var/qmail/supervise/courierpassd/log/run

Create symlinks in /etc/service directory

ln -s /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-send /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpd /etc/service
ln -s /var/qmail/supervise/qmail-smtpdssl /var/qmail/supervise/courierpassd /etc/service

Create a symlink from Debian convention to standard convention

ln -s /etc/service /service

I've downloaded the sofwares bundle in Pre-step 4 section I've downloaded each software individually from original locations in Pre-step 4 section

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