I am creating a service file for myprog.service, and I want to ensure it starts only after PostgreSQL has started.

However, if the user does not have PostgreSQL installed, then I want it to ignore that requirement and let myprog.service start anyways.

Can SystemD service files have dependencies on an optional (potentially non-existent) service?


Yes. As described in the systemd.unit(5) man page, use a Wants= and After= directive, as such:


Description=Example service

Wants= indicates that the dependency is optional (as opposed to Requires or Requisite), and After= places it before this unit.

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