I intent to use ~/.systemd/*.service for my custom-made services rather than the default /etc/systemd/system/*.service. I couldn't figure out. Is it possible? How?

Well, ~/.systemd/*.service or any other directory in my home. I just want to use my home directory.

  • Is this because you want to give your account multiple back-doors for acquiring superuser privileges?
    – JdeBP
    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:06
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    man systemctl | less -p '--user'
    – jasonwryan
    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:20

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I feel like something is wrong with the following method. I just though I'd keep it here:

I solved the problem by creating a symbolic link with such a command:

sudo ln -svf /home/me/etc/systemd/system/report.service /etc/systemd/system/report.service

Also the following line needs to be added to [Service] section of report.service:


... to make sure the home is mounted.

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