William William - 1 year ago 122
Node.js Question

Supervisor node .js "Program node app exited with code 0" error

When I install an express scaffold app


Then run the npm install

npm install

and then run supervisor

supervisor app

I get

Starting child process with 'node app'
Program node app exited with code 0

The app.js file is a basic default express instance.

var express = require('express');
var path = require('path');
var favicon = require('static-favicon');
var logger = require('morgan');
var cookieParser = require('cookie-parser');
var bodyParser = require('body-parser');

var routes = require('./routes/index');
var users = require('./routes/users');

var app = express();

// view engine setup
app.set('views', path.join(__dirname, 'views'));
app.set('view engine', 'jade');

app.use(express.static(path.join(__dirname, 'public')));

app.use('/', routes);
app.use('/users', users);

/// catch 404 and forward to error handler
app.use(function(req, res, next) {
var err = new Error('Not Found');
err.status = 404;

/// error handlers

// development error handler
// will print stacktrace
if (app.get('env') === 'development') {
app.use(function(err, req, res, next) {
res.status(err.status || 500);
res.render('error', {
message: err.message,
error: err

// production error handler
// no stacktraces leaked to user
app.use(function(err, req, res, next) {
res.status(err.status || 500);
res.render('error', {
message: err.message,
error: {}

module.exports = app;

Answer Source

The app that the generator creates calls ./bin/www that includes app.js and then starts listening for traffic.

app.js does not do this itself.

I think this is important to understand.

app.listen is not being called in app.js but is called in ./bin/www...and this is why you get the exit 0 result. When you call app.js and not ./bin/www it runs through the file but because is no command to listen for traffic, the program ends normally...i.e. without having done anything.

That said, you have two options..

Option 1

If you have a ./bin/www file, you could run supervisor ./bin/www to get things started.

Option 2

If you don't have the ./bin/www file for whatever reason, you can edit your app file to look like this.

In your app listing, replace

module.exports = app;

with this

app.set('port', process.env.PORT || 3000);

var server = app.listen(app.get('port'), function() {
  debug('Express server listening on port ' + server.address().port);

Important Note

While that edit will start the app listening and you won't get an exit 0 any more, I cannot guarantee that the app won't crash with some other error if other files and directories are missing. For example, if the routes directory isn't present, then the declarations requiring routes/index and routes/users will fail and other bad things will happen.