This question asks: "How to list all enabled services from systemctl?" Answers on that page include:

systemctl list-unit-files | grep enabled
systemctl list-unit-files --state=enabled

At least as of systemd version 229 (on Ubuntu 16.04), systemctl list-unit-files will not include "LSB" services that are launched via legacy init scripts.

Therefore, the original question seems to remain unanswered: Can systemd display a list of ALL the services (and other unit types) that it will try to start at boot, including legacy services?


$ systemctl list-units | grep LSB | grep grub
  grub-common.service    loaded    active exited    LSB: Record successful boot for GRUB

$ systemctl list-unit-files | grep enabled | grep grub || echo 'nothing found'
nothing found

$ systemctl is-enabled grub-common
grub-common.service is not a native service, redirecting to systemd-sysv-install
Executing /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install is-enabled grub-common

systemctl knows about grub-common, and if you ask explicitly systemctl will tell you it is enabled.

So... is there a way to get systemd to display a list of ALL the services it will attempt to run at boot, including legacy scripts?

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    Does systemctl list-units --type service --all work for you? – George Udosen Dec 18 '17 at 7:26
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    Newer versions of systemd may include legacy services in list-unit-files. For example, Debian 9 (Stretch) has systemd version 232. However, I only have one LSB service on that system: raspi-config.service. It is enabled, but its state is generated. It is listed when I run systemctl list-unit-files --state=generated. But now we have a new wrinkle: a service that is-enabled but whose state is not enabled. So it appears there is not a one-to-one mapping between being enabled and having a state of enabled. – mpb Dec 18 '17 at 23:43

I believe the command you want is:

systemctl list-units --type service --all

This from my test lists all service even those from legacy boot services.



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    I believe systemctl list-units --type service --all will list all services, not all enabled services. I just want enabled services, i.e., services that systemd will attempt to start at boot. – mpb Dec 18 '17 at 23:33
  • For me just running this works, and lists all "loaded" services, which AFAICT includes everything it attempted to load at boot time, ref: digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/… maybe it's a version thing... – rogerdpack May 8 at 20:15

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