vars [global options] daemon [options]


Using nohup

The Vars daemon command can be issued with nohup by using nohup vars daemon &, or if you are on Linux and are using RPM or DEB, an Upstart script will be placed into the /etc/init directory, and you will be able to start and stop Vars with the start or stop command.

Global options are detailed here.

Note: The following are all optional arguments/flags.

-f | --file
The file path where the cache should be written. By default, no file is written and the cache exists in memory (:memory:).
-p | --port
The port that the vars client-service should bind to (4444).
-r | --region
The AWS Region to connect to.
-t | --timeout
How long the daemon should wait to hear back from the Conductor.
-w | --watch
The config file or directory of config files for watching keys and firing events. If the file does not exist, one is created.
-i | --instance-id
For the AWS instance ID.
Run without the vars-conductor.
-q | --queuename
The queue name for vars to listen on for changes. Default is pmc-[instance-id].
The queue name for vars to listen on for changes. Default is ctl-[instance-id].
The topic to subscribe to for key changes made in other vars instances (fugue-vars-conductor).
The S3 bucket to use for storing large values (over 150kb).
The queue name for the conductor data plane (fugue-vars-conductor).
The DynamoDB table name to use (fugue-vars-store).
-h | --help
Show help message.


The daemon command launches the Vars daemon locally. This command is required to interact with Vars. The local daemon handles get/put requests by acting as a broker with the Fugue Conductor‘s Vars service. By default, Vars will bind to localhost:4444 and provide an HTTP API for interacting with Vars.


To launch the Vars daemon and specify an AWS region, you can include the --region flag. In this example, which includes the -v, --verbose flag, the logs confirm the specified region and the port (4444, by default) that the web service is using.

$ vars -v daemon --region=us-east-1
  "component": "vars",
  "log_level": "info",
  "message": "Using aws region: us-east-1",
  "timestamp": "2016-07-13T18:33:38.798173"
  "component": "vars",
  "log_level": "info",
  "message": "Starting vars daemon",
  "timestamp": "2016-07-13T18:33:38.985732"
  "component": "vars",
  "log_level": "warning",
  "message": "Cannot get to instance metadata service. The node ID and queue key will be: external-08-6d-41-be-bc-fe",
  "timestamp": "2016-07-13T18:33:39.992699"
  "component": "vars",
  "log_level": "info",
  "message": "Starting web service on port 4444",
  "timestamp": "2016-07-13T18:33:41.754954"