The inherent risks of ‘daemonize’ features in developer tools – Git, Mercurial (hg)

A handful of tools such as mercurial, git, (soon PHP – which chances are will be it’s own binary) have their own ‘daemonize’ functionality.

Whatever your reasons – if you want to disable these; there’s little to no help in figuring out how… til now…

If you want to disable Mercurial’s hg serve:
Open the file (Your python install path may differ, but this should give you an idea of what to search for)


Find the function ‘create-server’ and add ‘sys.exit()’ in the first line:

How to verify this works:

1. Before patching – run ‘hg serve’ from a mercurial repository. It will report the port number and remain active in console.
2. After patching – ‘hg serve’ from a mercurial repository will simply exit and say nothing.
3. netstat, ps -A ux |grep ‘hg serve’

If you want to disable git’s git daemon:
This one is probably the easiest of the two: find and ‘chmod a-x’ (remove execute permissions) from the ‘git-daemon’ binary on your system – mine is in /usr/libexec/git-core. You can also relocate it somewhere in-accessible.

How to verify this works:

1. Before relocating/removing/chmodding – run ‘git daemon’ – your console will remain active as if it’s listening. (You can try a base dir for a proper daemon setup if you want …)
2. After relocating/removing – run ‘git daemon’, you’ll get an error saying there are insufficient privileges, or in the case of relocating/removing you’ll see “not a git command”.
3. netstat, ps -A ux |grep ‘git daemon’

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