systemd - system and service manager
systemd - system and service manager
- Installing and Testing
- Bugs and Bug-Tracking-Systems
- Known Issues and Workarounds
- Where to get help?
- Installing without systemd
- Debian Resources
- Other Resources
systemd is a system and service manager for Linux. systemd is compatible with SysV and LSB init scripts. It can work as a drop-in replacement for sysvinit. Systemd
- Provides aggressive parallelization capabilities
- Uses socket and D-Bus activation for starting services
- Offers on-demand starting of daemons
- Implements transactional dependency-based service control logic
- Tracks processes using Linux cgroups
- Supports snapshotting and restoring
- Maintains mount and automount points
Please see the upstream page for more information.
Installing and Testing
systemd was included in Debian wheezy as a technology preview. Please make sure that you are using Debian jessie or newer to get a recent version of systemd.
To install systemd run:
# apt-get update # apt-get install systemd
This will install the systemd packages but will not configure systemd as your init system.
Configuring for testing
To test systemd before switching to it by default, you can add the following boot parameter to the kernel:
This can be done in the grub menu for a single boot - press "e" in the grub menu and add this to the kernel line. For example, depending on the options required for your particular system, it might look something like:
linux /vmlinuz-3.13-1-amd64 root=/dev/mapper/root-root init=/bin/systemd ro quiet
If PID 1 is systemd then your system is running with systemd.
Configuring as default
In order to use systemd you should also install systemd-sysv which provides the symlinks links for /sbin/init. It is recommended to run this when already running under systemd, as described in the previous section.
# apt-get install systemd-sysv
In order to boot your system with the newly installed systemd, simply reboot.
If you run a self-compiled kernel, make sure you have 2.6.39 or newer and enable the following options:
* CONFIG_DEVTMPFS=y * CONFIG_CGROUPS=y * CONFIG_AUTOFS4_FS=[y|m] * CONFIG_IPV6=[y|m], optional, but highly recommended * CONFIG_FANOTIFY=y, optional, required for systemd readahead. available in Linux kernel >= 2.6.37.
For an up-to-date list, see section "REQUIREMENTS" in the upstream README file.
Managing services with systemd
systemctl is the main tool used to introspect and control the state of the "systemd" system and service manager. You can use systemctl for instance to enable/disable services permanently or only for the current session. Refer to the systemctl(1) manpage for more details.
Some basic use examples
List all running services:
Activates the service "example1" immediately:
# systemctl start example1
Deactivates the service "example1" immediately:
# systemctl stop example1
Restarts the service "example1" immediately:
# systemctl restart example1
Shows status of the service "example1":
# systemctl status example1
Enables "example1" to be started on bootup:
# systemctl enable example1
Disables "example1" to not start during bootup:
# systemctl disable example1
Sometimes it is necessary to investigate why systemd hangs on startup or on reboot/shutdown.
Solution #0: Remove "quiet" from Kernel command line (so called "cmdline" or "grub line")
Solution #1: Increase verbosity via cmdline: Add "systemd.log_target=kmsg systemd.log_level=debug"
Of course you can have a "temporary" persistent solution:
[ /etc/default/grub ] GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="systemd.log_target=kmsg systemd.log_level=debug" <--- Add here (by uncommenting you can easily switch to debug) # update-grub
Solution #2: Increase verbosity via /etc/systemd/system.conf
LogLevel=debug <--- Uncomment this line and use "debug" (default: commented and "info") LogTarget=syslog-or-kmsg <--- Uncomment this line (default: commented)
Solution #3: Boot an emergency shell: Add systemd.unit=rescue.target or just 1 (the number one) to the kernel command line.
Solution #4: Enable the debug shell: Run systemctl enable debug-shell.service. (You can do this in a chroot environment after booting a rescue system.) This starts a root shell on TTY 9.
HINT: "man systemd" and "man systemd-system.conf"
HINT: Extensive debugging information about systemd is on this FreeDesktop page.
HINT: How to check Kernel command line parameters/options?
# cat /proc/cmdline
"Set log level. As argument this accepts a numerical log level or the well-known syslog(3) symbolic names (lowercase): emerg, alert, crit, err, warning, notice, info, debug."
HINT: Keep a copy of /sbin/init from sysvinit package in case of rescue (so you can use init=/sbin/init.sysvinit in cmdline)!
# cp -av /sbin/init /sbin/init.sysvinit <--- Before installing systemd-sysv package
Kernel debug without systemd debug in Jessie
Using the old "debug" kernel parameter in Jessie will turn on systemd debug logging as well as kernel debug logging. To get the old behaviour, do not use "debug", instead use the kernel parameter "loglevel=7".
Bugs and Bug-Tracking-Systems
- For known bugs please see topic "Known Issues and Workarounds"
Known Issues and Workarounds
sysvinit vs. systemd-sysv
Upgrade to sysvinit ≥ 2.88dsf-44.
Encrypted swap blocks boot
See http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=712439#70 for a patch.
According to the bug, the patch is no longer required as long as you upgrade to dmsetup 2:1.02.83-1.
Booting with lvm (especially with separate /usr) fails
Upgrade to lvm2 ≥ 2.02.104-1
Shared bind mounts
The default behavior of bind mounts changes under systemd. The Linux kernel makes bind mounts of anything below / PRIVATE. Systemd changes this to SHARED.
Thus, when you do this:
mount --bind / $CHROOT mount --bind /dev/ $CHROOT/dev umount $CHROOT/dev
then /dev will be unmounted in your base/parent system as well!
What you can do now instead, to is to:
mount --bind --make-rslave / $CHROOT mount --bind --make-rslave /dev/ $CHROOT/dev
this will propagate mount changes (also mount options) in the base/parent system into the $CHROOT but not from the $CHROOT back to the parent.
SSH session doesn't cleanly terminate on reboot/shutdown
If you happen to reboot/shutdown remote machine over ssh you may find out that your session isn't terminated properly, leaving you with the non-reacting terminal until long timeout is over. There is a bug 751636 about it. At the moment the work around this problem is to install:
apt-get install libpam-systemd
which will terminate ssh session before the network is dropped. Please note, that that would require PAM to be enabled in sshd.
Missing startup messages on console(tty1) after the boot
With systemd console(tty1) is handled differently and if you used to check it to see how did your boot go now you'll see only couple of non-informative lines.
To be able to get full transcript of the system boot on your console you need to perform two steps.
1. Add to the kernel options systemd.show_status=1, for example via /etc/default/grub:
and run update-grub2.
2. Create file /firstname.lastname@example.org/noclear.conf with the content:
to disable clearing of the terminal on getty invocation.
Virtual and serial console changes
Those used to change inittab to enable/disable virtual or serial consoles will notice that that file is gone from clean installs. This is all managed through systemd directly now. For example, you can enable a serial console on COM1 with:
systemctl enable serial-getty@ttyS0.service systemctl start serial-getty@ttyS0.service
However, it is generally preferable to add console=ttyS0 on the kernel commandline, since this also enables kernel output on reboots. This is though by adding the following to /etc/default/grub:
... and running update-grub. This will take effect only on the next reboot, however.
Where to get help?
Systemd is a young project with a strong emphasis on solving problems in a distribution agnostic manner.
mailing-list @ http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/systemd-devel
Debian specific channels include
Several other distributions are using systemd
Installing without systemd
Jessie installs systemd by default on new installs. Should one desire to install without systemd, i.e use sysvinit-core instead (old sysV5 init), it is possible to use preseed to replace systemd with sysvinit at the end of the install (This probably won't work if selecting one of the desktop environments that require systemd specific features however). If using a preseed file already, just make sure to set the preseed value
preseed/late_command="in-target apt-get install -y sysvinit-core"
If not using a preseed file, this can be added to the boot arguments instead by hitting TAB at the boot menu on the desired entry and appending the above preseed line at the end of the boot command.
There may still be a few bits of systemd installed, but at least init itself is not systemd and cleaning up any remaining pieces should not be too hard.