Progress on god is moving along as quick as ever. This release adds a 
bunch of new features and bug fixes. Most interestingly you'll find 
several useful new command line functions:

  * `god status` prints out the status of each Watch
  * `god log` shows realtime logs for a specific Watch (even if you 
don't have god logging to file)
  * `god load` loads or reloads a config file into a running god instance
  * `god terminate` stops all Watches and then stops god (useful when 
testing your setup)
 
The logging system has been beefed up with proper timestamps and 
criticality levels. Log messages are more complete overall. You can also 
get the STDOUT/STDERR of a god-daemonized process written to a log file 
by specify 'w.log = <log file path>' in your Watch config.

If you let god daemonize your process for you, there's no need to 
provide a stop command. A default killing lambda will take care of 
gracefully (or not so gracefully if necessary) stopping your 
god-daemonized process.

The validity of your config file is checked better than previous 
versions to point you to the problem area of your config.

The bug that prevented group control from working has been fixed so you 
can now start/stop/etc groups of Watches.

Updated documentation is now available on the website:

  http://god.rubyforge.org/


WHAT IS GOD?

God is an easy to configure, easy to extend monitoring framework written 
in Ruby.

Keeping your server processes and tasks running should be a simple part 
of your deployment process. God aims to be the simplest, most powerful 
monitoring application available.


DISCLAIMER

God is still very young, I'd love to get feedback and bug reports, but I 
do not yet recommend you use it for mission critical tasks. I personally 
use it in production but then I'm a daring fellow.


INSTALL

sudo gem install god


FEATURES

* Config file is written in Ruby
* Easily write your own custom conditions in Ruby
* Supports both poll and event based conditions
* Different poll conditions can have different intervals
* Easily control non-daemonized processes


EXAMPLE

The easiest way to understand how god will make your life better is by 
looking at a sample config file. The following configuration file is 
what I use at gravatar.com to keep the mongrels running:

# file:      gravatar.god
# run with:  god -c /path/to/gravatar.god
#
# This is the actual config file used to keep the mongrels of
# gravatar.com running.

RAILS_ROOT = "/var/www/gravatar2/current"

%w{8200 8201 8202}.each do |port|
  God.watch do |w|
    w.name = "gravatar2-mongrel-#{port}"
    w.interval = 30.seconds # default
    w.start = "mongrel_rails cluster::start --only #{port} \
      -C #{RAILS_ROOT}/config/mongrel_cluster.yml"
    w.stop = "mongrel_rails cluster::stop --only #{port} \
      -C #{RAILS_ROOT}/config/mongrel_cluster.yml"
    w.grace = 10.seconds
    w.pid_file = File.join(RAILS_ROOT, "log/mongrel.#{port}.pid")
   
    w.behavior(:clean_pid_file)

    w.start_if do |start|
      start.condition(:process_running) do |c|
        c.interval = 5.seconds
        c.running = false
      end
    end
   
    w.restart_if do |restart|
      restart.condition(:memory_usage) do |c|
        c.above = 150.megabytes
        c.times = [3, 5] # 3 out of 5 intervals
      end
   
      restart.condition(:cpu_usage) do |c|
        c.above = 50.percent
        c.times = 5
      end
    end
  end
end


DOCS

Detailed documentation is available at http://god.rubyforge.org/


CHANGES

== 0.4.0 / 2007-09-10

* Major Enhancements
  * Add the ability for conditions to override transition state (for 
exceptional cases)
  * Implement dynamic load of config files while god is running (god 
load <filename>)
  * Add ability to save auto-daemonized process output to a log file
  * Add robust default stop lambda command for auto-daemonized processes 
(inspired by _eric)
  * Add status command for god binary (shows status of each watch)
  * Create proper logger with timestamps
  * Add log command to god binary to get real time logs for a specific 
watch from a running god instance
  * Add terminate command for god binary (stop god and all watches)
* Minor Enhancements
  * Enforce validity of Watches
  * Enforce that God.init is not called after a Watch
  * Move pid_file_directory creation and validation to God.start
  * Remove check for at least one Watch during startup (now that dynamic 
loading exists)
* New Conditions
  * Tries < PollCondition - triggers after the specified number of tries
  * Add :notify_when_flapping behavior to check for oscillation [kevinclark]
  * Add :degrading_lambda condition. [kevinclark]
    It uses a decaying interval (1/2 rate) for 3 cycles before failing.
* Bug Fixes
  * Use exit!(0) instead of exit! in god binary to exit with code 0 
(instead of default -1)
  * Command line group control fixed
  * Fix cross-thread return problem


AUTHORS

Tom Preston-Werner
Kevin Clark

-- 
Tom Preston-Werner

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