I created a systemd file unit (Centos 7) and I wanted to save the Python output to a file but the service won't start with the below code.

[root@static ~]# cat /etc/systemd/system/pykms.service

ExecStart=/usr/bin/python2.7 /usr/local/py-kms-master/server.py 1688 -v > /usr/local/py-kms-master/pykmsss.log


NOTE: if I delete the line after ">" above, then everything works fine but I want to save the logs to a file.

systemctl status pykms -l

 [root@static ~]# systemctl status pykms -l
pykms.service - PY-KMS
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/pykms.service; enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Tue 2015-11-24 20:54:28 IRST; 2s ago
 Main PID: 2788 (server.py)
   CGroup: /system.slice/pykms.service
           └─2788 /usr/bin/python2.7 /usr/local/py-kms-master/server.py 1688 -v

Nov 24 20:54:28 server.de systemd[1]: Starting PY-KMS...
Nov 24 20:54:28 -server.de systemd[1]: Started PY-KMS.

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The man page for a systemd unit states:

Specifically, redirection using "<", "<<", ">", and ">>", pipes using "|", running programs in the background using "&", and other elements of shell syntax are not supported.

It then goes on to explain how these can be used:

ExecStart=/bin/sh -c 'dmesg | tac'

In your situation you could do this:

ExecStart=/bin/sh -c 'exec /usr/bin/python2.7 /usr/local/py-kms-master/server.py 1688 -v > /usr/local/py-kms-master/pykmsss.log'
  • Thank you i used your code and restarted the server but i got the error below when i wanted to see the service status
    – reza
    Nov 23, 2015 at 23:45
  • Nov 24 03:21:45 static. sh[2049]: /bin/sh: exec /usr/bin/python2.7 /usr/local/py-kms-master/server.py 1688 -v > /usr/local/py-kms-master/kms.log: No such file or directory
    – reza
    Nov 24, 2015 at 0:16
  • i faced with this error, what should i do?
    – reza
    Nov 24, 2015 at 0:16
  • @JdeBP you're correct, the -c is essential. I'm not sure how I missed it from the implementation example but thank you for fixing it
    – roaima
    Nov 24, 2015 at 10:00
  • it does not work. what should I do then?
    – reza
    Nov 24, 2015 at 10:21

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