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Configure Exit Signals for Jobs

On operating systems that support signals, Nomad will send the application a configurable signal before killing it. This gives the application time to gracefully drain connections and conduct other cleanup before shutting down. Certain applications take longer to drain than others, and thus Nomad allows specifying the amount of time to wait for the application to exit before force-killing it.

Before Nomad terminates an application, it will send the SIGINT signal to the process. Processes running under Nomad should respond to this signal to gracefully drain connections. After a configurable timeout, the application will be force-terminated.

For more details on the kill_timeout option, consult the task stanza documentation.

job "docs" {
  group "example" {
    task "server" {
      # ...
      kill_timeout = "45s"

The behavior is slightly different for Docker-based tasks. Nomad will run the docker stop command with the specified kill_timeout. The signal that docker stop sends to your container entrypoint is configurable using the STOPSIGNAL configuration directive; however, please note that the default is SIGTERM.