Running up to date Arch Linux ARMv7 (RaspPi 3). I have two systemd service units which I have created. I want foo to start first and then bar. foo starts on boot and bar does not. However bar will start manually from a shell prompt. Here is a copy of the bar unit file:


ExecStart=/usr/bin/setsid /usr/bin/bar >/dev/null 2>&1 < /dev/null


However if I put a pound symbol in front of [Unit] like so:


Then bar starts at boot in the right order (after foo).

This behaviour and commenting out of the [Unit] line doesn't seem to make sense or fit in with the documentation I can find. So I'm just wondering why it makes the unit start at boot?!

  • Someone has downvoted the question... please comment to tell me what I did wrong? I have spend a lot of time going through documentation to find an answer and can't. – bao7uo Dec 14 '16 at 9:34
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    Are the four lines above all of the service file? – MariusMatutiae Dec 14 '16 at 10:59
  • @MariusMatutiae No, sorry - added the whole file now – bao7uo Dec 14 '16 at 11:18
  • It's circular: you are trying to start /usr/bin/bar but the service file says it requires bar, and must be started after bar. – MariusMatutiae Dec 14 '16 at 11:23
  • sorry @MariusMatutiae my mistake! edited again... it's because foo and bar are not the real service names. I renamed them for the question and confused myself!! – bao7uo Dec 14 '16 at 11:24

Commenting out [Unit] causes the Requires and After directives to be ignored. Removing those directives and removing the comment # gives identical behaviour.

The reason it was not starting at boot without the comment # must be because of an issue with the requirement for the other service.

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