And finally, launch your webserver for continuous operation
When you’re ready to launch your webserver and leave it running, you need to start it as a background process.
If you don’t, then when you logout or close your SSH session, you inadvertently kill your webserver because you ran it in the foreground – ie as a child of your SSH process. To avoid this behaviour you could of course simply run the server in the background by appending & to your bash command:
node server.js &
However, the node server may still die when you close your SSH session, because even though the node process is running in the background, it’s standard console outputs stdout and stderr are still pointed at the terminal. That means that if the node server tries to write a message to console.log or console.error it will encounter a pipe error and terminate. This can be avoided by piping the output of your process to logfiles:
node server.js > stdout.log 2> stderr.log &
You will also want to log in later and review the contents of the logfiles to diagnose any problems you may get using your API.
If you still get problems then you can try standard commands like nohup, which can be used to run all types of processes in the background.
Or try this solution developed specifically for Node, which has a number of advantages :
First, install the forever node package using npm:
sudo npm install -g forever
And then start your application:
forever start server.js
You don’t need to pipe stdout and stderr to files now, forever itself writes any output to these streams to log files.
you can define the log file location and names using the -o and -e command line arguments, or just use the default. To find the location of the log files forever has created, use the command
An added benefit of using forever is that forever can automatically restart your app when it crashes or stops for any reason. To restrict the number of restarts to, say, 10 you could use:
forever -m10 server.js
forever has a number of other useful commands, such as :
To list all running processes:
Then, to stop a process, take a note of the process id number within the brackets and use it as following command:
forever stop 0
Restarting a running process goes:
forever restart 0
If you’re working on your application file, you can use the -w parameter to restart automatically whenever your server.js file changes:
forever -w server.js
Microsoft has now released its Windows 10 operating system for a raft of single-board computers, including the Raspberry Pi 2, intended for powering the “Internet of Things”. Here’s how to bring Windows to your Pi.
Why install Node.JS on a Raspberry Pi ?
And so when I come up with an application where I want to use my Raspberry Pi as a micro web server, but one that needs more than the ability to serve static webpages, I right away think of Node.
You sometimes need to find out the MAC address of your Raspberry Pi. For instance, you want to find it among the list of devices attached to your LAN, because you want your router’s DHCP service to assign your RPi a permanently dedicated IP address instead of letting the DHCP just assign it the next available IP address each time you start it up. Then you can SSH into the same IP address each time to log into your RPi from your PC or Mac knowing it will always be there, without having to search for the RPi on the network.
Some LANs are configured to allow access only for a white-listed devices by MAC address, so you’ll also need to know yours to be able to use such a LAN.