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What I am looking for, is the equivalent of the pre-stop stanza in upstart, for systemd

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You can use one or more ExecStop= directives to add systemd-specific stop commands. See man systemd.service for details.

  • ExecStop= directives are not exactly equivalent to pre-stop stanzas because pre-stop does not get executed when service crashes, whereas ExecStop= is executed regardless of whether the service crashed due to a failure, or was stopped through systemctl – Abhay May 2 '17 at 0:10
  • @Abhay the man for systemd ExecStop claims "Note that the commands specified in ExecStop= are only executed when the service started successfully first. They are not invoked if the service was never started at all, or in case its start-up failed, for example because any of the commands specified in ExecStart=, ExecStartPre= or ExecStartPost= failed (and weren't prefixed with "-") or timed out." ~ freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/systemd.service.html Note that it isn't called if startup failed. – Wimateeka Jan 29 '18 at 17:47

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