There really is a daemon in there


John Marino updated daemon(8) on DragonFly.  For some reason, I didn’t know it was a standalone program.  I knew about the idea of daemons as helpers based inside the computer, which is why so many server programs end with a ‘d’ – sshd, ftpd, and so on.  Inexplicably, I never actually saw the program itself.

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  1. Lazarus says:

    IIRC daemon(8) is used to make arbitrary processes run detached from the controlling terminal, and is not used for most standard daemons (like sshd(8)), which IIRC would call daemon(3) directly.

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