A daemon is a process running in the background. In NuttX a daemon process is a task, in POSIX (Linux / Mac OS) a daemon is a thread.

New daemons are created through the px4_task_spawn_cmd() command.

daemon_task = px4_task_spawn_cmd("commander",
                 SCHED_PRIORITY_DEFAULT + 40,
                 (char * const *)&argv[0]);

The arguments here are:

  • arg0: the process name, commander
  • arg1: the scheduling type (RR or FIFO)
  • arg2: the scheduling priority
  • arg3: the stack size of the new process or thread
  • arg4: the task / thread main function
  • arg5: a void pointer to pass to the new task, in this case holding the commandline arguments.

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