I really appreciate all the help I've received on this thread! The Racket 
community has been fantastic.

I have my proof-of-concept working for the web infrastructure - no need for 
a Unicorn/Puma-like app, no need for monit, no need to daemonize - just 
systemd to manage N Racket processes, and nginx in front to reverse proxy 
to the Racket workers.

I ended up with this systemd service file:

--- snip ---
Description=Racket hello world %i

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/racket /home/deploy/appname/current/hello.rkt %i

--- snip ---

Enable 2 workers:  sudo systemctl enable hello@{1..2}
Start them: sudo systemctl start hello\@{1..2}
Check status:  sudo systemctl status hello\@{1..2}

They auto start at boot time, and they auto restart if killed or they crash.

I hacked up a quick test using a command line argument to specify the port 
and log file (I know there are more elegant solutions, but I was in a hurry 
to verify it).  It's possible that using a single log file for all the 
workers will "just work", but I wasn't sure, so I use one log file per 
process for now. I suppose there are pros/cons to each approach.

(module+ main
    (define instance-id (string->number (vector-ref 
(current-command-line-arguments) 0)))
    (define port (+ 8000 instance-id))
          #:log-file (format "hello~a.log" instance-id)
          #:stateless? #t
          #:port port
          #:command-line? #t
          #:file-not-found-responder not-found
          #:launch-browser? #f
          #:servlet-regexp #rx""))

nginx config includes:

--- snip ---
  upstream racket {
    server localhost:8001;
    server localhost:8002;
proxy_pass http://racket;
--- snip ---

Now I can get on to the fun part of porting my Ruby/Rails app, and then 
extending it.

On Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 5:17:38 PM UTC-5, Philip McGrath wrote:
> To give you an example, here's a very basic systemd file that I use to run 
> a Racket web server: 
> /etc/systemd/system/ricoeur-portal.service
> [Unit]
> Description=Digital Ricoeur portal web server
> [Service]
> User=ricoeurd
> Group=ricoeurd
> AmbientCapabilities=CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE
> WorkingDirectory=/home/ubuntu/ricoeur-portal/
> ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/ricoeur-portal --production
> [Install]
> WantedBy=multi-user.target
> It's particularly nice from a security perspective that 
> `CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE` makes it easy to run as a user with minimal 
> privileges and still be able to bind to ports 80 and 443.
> -Philip
> On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 5:09 PM Alex Harsanyi <alexha...@gmail.com 
> <javascript:>> wrote:
>> On Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 11:17:38 PM UTC+8, Brian Adkins wrote:
>>> I'm running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, so I do have systemd. Just to clarify, are 
>>> you stating that systemd will take a program designed to run as a 
>>> foreground process and run it in the background automatically? 
>> Yes.
>>> I was planning on using monit to monitor/restart/etc. a set of Racket 
>>> processes, but maybe systemd will do everything I need such as restarting 
>>> one if it crashes.
>>> On Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:45:59 PM UTC-5, Alex Harsanyi 
>>> wrote:
>>>> If your Linux installation has systemd, you can create a service file 
>>>> for your application -- this way, systemd will manage the application as a 
>>>> server or daemon.  Systemd will even redirect stderr messages to the 
>>>> system 
>>>> log.
>>>> Alex.
>>>> On Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10:56:25 AM UTC+8, Brian Adkins wrote:
>>>>> I briefly looked at the daemonize package on Ubuntu linux, but 
>>>>> couldn't get it to work properly. I found the following Rosetta Code page:
>>>>> https://rosettacode.org/wiki/Run_as_a_daemon_or_service#Racket
>>>>> So, I just tried the code in that example, and it seems to work fine:
>>>>> (module+ main
>>>>>         * ((get-ffi-obj 'daemon #f (_fun _int _int -> _int)) 0 0)*
>>>>>          (serve/servlet
>>>>>           dispatcher
>>>>>           #:log-file "hello.log"
>>>>>           #:stateless? #t
>>>>>           #:port 6995
>>>>>           #:command-line? #t
>>>>>           #:file-not-found-responder not-found
>>>>>           #:launch-browser? #f
>>>>>           #:servlet-regexp #rx""))
>>>>> I'm just wondering if there is a better way to accomplish this since 
>>>>> it feels a bit kludgy to me.
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>> Brian
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