I've got node.js and pm2 installed on a Pi (Raspbian). PM2 was configured to start via pm2 startup and the init scripts it creates. Sometimes when I reboot, shutdown hangs for a few minutes on:

A stop job is running for LSB: PM2 init script (... / 5min)

Every once in a while1 what I'm assuming is PM2 doesn't shut down properly and hangs for the full 5 minutes.

On this system, I know exactly what apps PM2 is managing and I really don't care if they shutdown properly.

My question is: How do I reduce the timeout from 5 minutes to, say, 15 seconds or so? Where is this configured?

I read on a forum that it was the DefaultTimeoutStopSec key in /etc/systemd/system.conf, so I tried setting that to "15s" but it had no effect. I tried the same thing in /etc/systemd/user.conf, too, but no change. The timeout is still set to 5 minutes.

1 I actually do know specifically what triggers this, but the details aren't important and the effect is unavoidable.

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    If there is a (default) stop script, you could re-write it to perform a forcestop or even to kill pm2 instead of a graceful shutdown.
    – Tigger
    Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 3:38
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    @Tigger I came to a similar conclusion, actually. Out of desperation I just made stop in pm2's init script do nothing at all, and let it die naturally on shutdown. It's a terrible solution for general use but on this particular system it's fine. I still want to know how to change the 5 minute timeout though.
    – Jason C
    Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 4:33

2 Answers 2


/etc/systemd/system.conf has a line


which can be uncommented and changed

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    I mentioned that in my post and that changing it has no effect.
    – Jason C
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 12:40
  • setting 45s in Arch Linux makes shutdowns quick on an nvme drive - for really quick shutdowns use Alpine Linux (no systemd) Commented Oct 12, 2018 at 10:32

How do I reduce the timeout from 5 minutes to, say, 15 seconds or so?

You re-build systemd from source, patching the hardwired timeout in systemv-sysv-generator from TimeoutSec=5min to whatever you want. Or you ask the systemd people for a control knob somewhere in the Fedora/SUSE or LSB headers.

Or, on the gripping hand, you give up on using this rc script that you have and write a systemd service unit for your service, whose timeouts you can set with an explicit TimeoutSec= setting, installed with a drop-in settings file in /etc/systemd/system/pm2.service.d/timeout.conf if necessary.

Given this, this, this, this, this, and others, the first rule for migrating to systemd applies here as well.

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