[Rack] minotaur needs rebooted sometimes to fix gate

Jake jake at spaz.org
Tue Jan 21 23:15:51 UTC 2014

how do i test the API or gateman?

On Tue, 21 Jan 2014, Casey Callendrello wrote:

> There are actually three processes at work to open the gate:
> 1) The door daemon. This listens on the serial port, and handles code
> authentication. This submits HTTP requests to:
> 2) The API endpoint. This runs on apache, receives HTTP requests, sends
> commands via a local TCP socket to:
> 3) Gateman. This is a C program that listens on a TCP socket and duly
> manipulates the parallel port for the gate
> If either the web server or gateman have crashed, then door codes will
> validate but opening will fail. I suspect gateman is crashing but I have
> no proof. We may wish to wrap this in daemontools or god or whatever so
> it will be automagically restarted.
> --Casey
> On 1/20/14, 5:18 PM, Jake wrote:
>> if anyone has a moment to look at minotaur, something gets messed up
>> once in a while where baron still works (accepts valid codes from door
>> keypads and returns happy noise) but for some reason the gate doesn't
>> get activated.
>> rebooting minotaur fixes this (soft reboot from the commandline)
>> i don't know what it is but i'm glad it's so easy to fix.  thing is,
>> it takes a day or two for me to find out that it's not working and to
>> log in and reboot minotaur.  Surely there's a better way?
>> the next time i hear about it happening, are there any tests i should
>> run before rebooting, to increase our awareness of what the problem is?
>> thanks all
>> -jake
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