[SailfishDevel] Keep an application running without keeping the window open

rinigus rinigus.git at gmail.com
Sat Feb 17 20:58:14 UTC 2018


from the point of view of portability, having a split GUI and backend
should be nicely portable. Even focusing on systemd would cover large
portion of Linux distributions, but you don't have to include any systemd
dependencies as such. On desktop, it would allow you to move the backend
into dedicated hardware, if you wish. Also, it would survive X11 crashes as
a bonus. So, if you plan to run it 24x7, service running on the background
is a good way of doing it.

But maybe someone has better idea.



On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 9:16 PM, Marcin Mielniczuk <marmistrzmar at gmail.com>

> I'm not sure if that's a good choice when trying to achieve portability.
> Usually on desktop you'd rather have a monolithic application with just
> minimize to tray.
> Any other options?
> On 05.02.2018 10:33, rinigus wrote:
> Hi,
> the obvious solution is to run service that is 24/7 on and separate client
> for GUI. That's what stock messaging is doing. I would recommend it and use
> some simple messaging API for communicating between them. There are
> probably many APIs to choose that will allow you to set it up simply.
> If you can withstand short shutdown of the service then you can combine it
> into the same application. It would require that application will start in
> GUI or server mode depending on command line option. If started in GUI
> mode, you would have to
> * shut down service via systemd
> * establish new connections
> and on GUI exit you would have to
> * drop all connections
> * start service via systemd
> The latter is the way OSM Scout Server works with the adjustment that its
> using systemd sockets to keep it switched off when user is not accessing
> it. Note that it was done for historical reasons (signaling between parts
> was implemented via Qt) and since its mostly used as a service anyway
> (users don't need to access GUI for weeks).
> I would still recommend splitting service/GUI parts and use some messaging
> protocol in between. Myself I would have used zeromq, but you could choose
> probably many others.
> Cheers,
> Rinigus
> On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 11:17 AM, Marcin Mielniczuk <marmistrzmar at gmail.com
> > wrote:
>> Hi,
>> When creating SFOS applications which should run 24/7 (e.g. IMs) we
>> would like to achieve similar behavior as the stock applications, e.g.
>> the stock e-mail client: the sync (*) runs in the background, even
>> though the application is closed. A window staying open just to make
>> sure the sync goes on clutters the open app view and makes it more
>> difficult to manage the open applications.
>> On a desktop DE one would simply minimize the application to tray.
>> Alternatively, one could create a daemon which the client app would
>> communicate with using UNIX sockets, but it greatly increases the
>> complexity of the application and slows down the development.
>> What's the easiest way to keep the sync process in the background
>> without keeping the window open?
>> Regards,
>> Marcin
>> (*) when speaking sync, I mean any kind of waiting for a remote event,
>> no matter if it's done by idle TCP (which is good) or HTTP polling
>> (which is not good)
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