About 95% of requests are accepted. The most common cause of non-acceptance
is running IRCd, or lack of resource for the account plan.
Each account can run more than one process. Even if pre-aproval is not needed,
you may need to ask support to allocate a port for your account.
||Pre-Approval required ?
|PersistenPerl, aka SpeedyCGI.||No
|Python Zope instances.||No.
|Python mod_webkit AppServer.||No
|A mysqld server.||Yes
|Apache 1.x or 2.x httpd process group. a.k.a. IHPG.
|Thttpd and other non-apache web servers.
|SMTP proxies such as TMDA, ASSP, smtp.proxy, smtpprox, and
other mail sub-systems.
|Stunnel SSL in daemon mode, wrapping one of the above.
|SSH tunnels and Rsync tunnels.
|Crontab. not really a background process.
|mod_perl, HTML::Mason and similar.
You may need to ask support for your setup.
You probably need to ask support to setup IHPG for you.
|mod_ruby, mod_php, mod_rewrite, mod_access, fetchmail.
These are not really independant processes.
They typically sleep for a specific
period and wake up every so often to check external running
services such as http, ftp, mail, mysql etc.
|IRCd and related. See below||Yes
||SDS-M or SRL-M
|Game server. require dedicated server, see below.
||SDS-M or SRL-M
|Experimental server. see below||Yes
||Rider or more, according resources, ask
|Any other server no listed here||Yes
Using Background processes
Where necessary, we allocate a port for each background
process group in the account. local unix socket are either in your home directory
or in /tmp/...
Background processes are run under your user name.
Alternately you can use one of your secondary user login, since they
all are system users and are not pseudo-users.
Daemon servers can be restarted automatically when a physical server
restarts, with an @reboot crontab line. Type "man crontab" for how to
use crontab, and "man 5 crontab" for cron's format details.
You are expected to know how to handle your own processes, by using commands
such as kill, ps, top or pstree.
The terms of service apply http://www.rootr.net/terms.html.
How are System resource counted and billed ?
The resources we count are the average CPU time and the Memory footprint
of all your processes. The number of processes is a minor factor.
You may have a dozen of small process for example, and it is ok.
Victoria plan accounts can have both an Apache IHPG and a mysqld server
with no extra charges.
Most background processes do not require extra charges. The few cases
it does the fee is low. We will always notify you of any extra charges
before they are applied, so you know in advance what to expect.
Those listed in the above table don't have any fee.
A Rootroute system administrator may stop your process if it is runnaway
or present some stability issues. Running an un-approved process
can be ground for account termination, especially if it present security
or stability risks; or has an unhealthy purpose, according to our
biased standards :)
How about Ircd ?
Ircd servers on a per-account basis are not possible. A dedicated server
or colocated server is required. Even there, we recommend some preventive
measure protecting your ircd port, from irc wars shooting at your irc port,
which can happen even where there is no provocation and all your members
have good standing.
SDS is a secure dedicated server and SRL is secure remote co-location.
They start at USD 195.00 per month. Ask email@example.com
Other accounts may not use Ircd, neither any irc bots, as mentioned
in the terms of services.
HTTP servers have more than one background process running
This is fine. What we call IHPG "Independant HTTP Process Group"
allows this, and also to have your http server see port 80 instead of
the dedicated port. This is for Victoria plans and higher.
A Typical use of this is to run Apache-2.x with mod_python-3.x.
This is relatively easy to do with us, you have full control
over apachectl, httpd.conf, and can compile your own modules.
Ask support for technical details if you are interested.
Most of the time we can setup the IHPG for you, ready-to-run.
Game and simulation servers
Gaming system servers, roleplay servers, and simulation servers are
always placed on dedicated servers. If you already have a host plan,
You will keep its account to use it as a monitor point to your dedicated or
colocated server. This will ensure the stability of your online system.
Experimental background servers are usually ok too.
Either developping your own apache mod_* you want to test live,
or something entirely different of your own brew. To turn your
account into an experimental software lab was in our mind when
we designed the IHPG feature.
We assume you have a minimal knowledge of IPC programming
such as how to use fork(), execve(), rlimit(), ulimit, pipe(),
to make sure the daemon is not run-away. If you have uncertainties
during development, we can create a login class with more limitations,
just ask support. Like the rest, you must keep a source directory in
your account. If it is private/closed source tree, you may chmod 0700.