I have created a static systemd service file 'irtrans.service' as follows:

Description=irtrans daemon

ExecStartPre=/bin/mkdir -p /var/run/lirc
ExecStartPost=/bin/ln -s /dev/lircd /var/run/lirc/lircd 

ExecStart=/usr/local/irtrans/irserver64 -timestamp -logfile /var/log/irtrans.log -loglevel 4 -daemon

ExecStopPost=/bin/rm -f /dev/lircd
ExecStopPost=/bin/rm -fR /var/run/lirc


and a kodi.service file as follows:

Description = kodi-standalone using xinit
After = remote-fs.target systemd-user-sessions.service
Wants = irtrans.service

User = kodi
Group = kodi
PAMName = login
Type = simple
ExecStart = /usr/bin/xinit /usr/bin/dbus-launch /usr/bin/kodi-standalone -- :0 -nolisten tcp
Restart = on-abort

WantedBy = multi-user.target

On startup the kodi service starts, but the irtrans service fails. I can start the irtrans service manually after the system starts, but after bootup it fails to start automatically. The systemctl status for irtrans shows:

● irtrans.service - irtrans daemon
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/irtrans.service; static; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Sat 2016-12-24 17:44:52 EST; 1min 31s ago
  Process: 767 ExecStart=/usr/local/irtrans/irserver64 -timestamp -logfile /var/log/irtrans.log -loglevel 4 -daemon (c
  Process: 755 ExecStartPre=/bin/mkdir -p /var/run/lirc (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

Dec 24 17:44:47 pclivingroom.ocg.ca systemd[1]: Starting irtrans daemon...
Dec 24 17:44:52 pclivingroom.ocg.ca systemd[1]: irtrans.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=1
Dec 24 17:44:52 pclivingroom.ocg.ca systemd[1]: Failed to start irtrans daemon.
Dec 24 17:44:52 pclivingroom.ocg.ca systemd[1]: irtrans.service: Unit entered failed state.
Dec 24 17:44:52 pclivingroom.ocg.ca systemd[1]: irtrans.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.

Can someone explain why this is happening and how to fix it? I assume it means irtrans is executable is failing to start, but it only depends on the network which I have listed as a dependency.


  • Anything interesting in the logfile? (/var/log/irtrans.log)? – Bigon Dec 24 '16 at 23:22
  • Interesting messages in file...which makes me ask. By default what account do systemd service run under? – TSG Dec 25 '16 at 3:07
  • Why didnt you use rc.local to do it? Because the application generated log files. – supriady Dec 25 '16 at 6:39
  • By default it starts the services as root – Bigon Dec 25 '16 at 10:08
  • The messages indicated a permissions problem. When I added user=root to services section it started to work. Can someone explain that? – TSG Dec 25 '16 at 12:29

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