I am converting our service startup script from SysV to systemd.

Our "service" is a java server running in Netty.

To start the service, in the unit file I have something like:

ExecStart=/usr/bin/java -jar ....jar

I don't think the exact command is relevant here. It starts just as I expect, and everything runs fine.

To shut down the service we have special URL. So to stop the service, in the unit file I have:

ExecStop=/usr/bin/wget -t3 -T5 -q -O- http://localhost:7090/shutdown

Whenever I call systemctl stop server I always end up with:

● server.service - some Control System server
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/server.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Sun 2019-03-24 00:54:19 UTC; 3s ago
  Process: 8756 ExecStop=/usr/bin/wget -t3 -T5 -q -O- http://localhost:7090/shutdown (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 8597 ExecStart=/usr/bin/java -jar ....jar (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

The service stops. But why do I get failed (Result: exit-code)?

Edit: Running journalctl -u server, I see:

Mar 24 19:10:10 hive systemd[1]: Stopping some Control System server...
Mar 24 19:10:10 hive server[13731]: SHUTDOWN STARTING. END IN 15 SEC
Mar 24 19:10:10 hive systemd[1]: server.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=143/n/a
Mar 24 19:10:10 hive systemd[1]: server.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Mar 24 19:10:10 hive systemd[1]: Stopped some Control System server.
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    Did you find any logging in systemd journal? Command journalctl -u abc.service – Biswapriyo Mar 24 at 4:22

The question is essentially answered on serverfault.

In summary:

Exit code 143 means that the program received a SIGTERM signal to instruct it to exit, but it did not handle the signal properly.

[This can be suppressed] by adding the exit code into the unit file as a "success" exit status:


Another answer at the link above adds more detail.

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