Plugin Helper: Child Process

The child_process helper manages the child processes' lifecycle.

Here is an example:

require 'fluent/plugin/output'

module Fluent::Plugin
  class ExampleOutput < Output
    Fluent::Plugin.register_output('example', self)

    # 1. Load child_process helper
    helpers :child_process

    # Omit configure, shutdown and other plugin API

    def start
      # 2. Execute child process with unique name
      child_process_execute(:exec_external_command, 'external_command', immediate: true, mode: [:read]) do
        # ...

The launched child process is managed by the plugin helper which automatically shutdowns it.


child_process_execute(title, sub_process_name, arguments: nil, subprocess_name: nil, interval: nil, immediate: false, parallel: false, mode: [:read, :write], stderr: :discard, env: {}, unsetenv: false, chdir: nil, internal_encoding: 'utf-8', external_encoding: 'ascii-8bit', scrub: true, replace_string: nil, wait_timeout: nil, on_exit_callback: nil, &block)

This method executes child_process with the given parameters and routine.

  • title: unique symbol value

  • sub_process_name: sub process name value

  • interval: Second unit integer/float value.

  • immediate: true/false. Default is false.

  • parallel: true/false. Default is false.

  • mode: [:read, :write]. Default is [:read, :write].

  • stderr: Connect stderr or not. Default is :discard.

  • env: Environment valuables. Default is {}.

  • unsetenv: true/false. Default is false

  • chdir: Working directory. Default is nil.

  • internal_encoding: Internal character encoding. Default is utf-8.

  • external_encoding: External character encoding. Default is ascii-8bit'

  • scrub: true/false. Default is true.

  • replace_string: Replace the invalid code point with the specified character.

    Default is nil.

  • wait_timeout: Set timeout seconds. Default is nil.

  • on_exit_callback: Set callback function. Default is nil

Code examples:

# Pass block directly. block is executed with 10 second interval.
child_process_execute(:exec_awesome_command, @command, interval: 10, mode: [:read]) do |io|
  # ...

# Pass block with existing method. block is executed once.
child_process_execute(:exec_awesome_command, @command, immediate: true, mode: [:read], &method(:run))

def run(io)
  # ...

Plugins using child_process

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