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Bug 1516188 - Enabling rc-local.service fails
Summary: Enabling rc-local.service fails
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: systemd
Version: 27
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: systemd-maint
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2017-11-22 08:53 UTC by k.c.harke
Modified: 2018-11-30 22:46 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2018-11-30 22:46:59 UTC

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Description k.c.harke 2017-11-22 08:53:51 UTC
Description of problem:
systemctl enable rc-local.service does not start the service. Workaround/solution (?): Modify /usr/lib/systemd/system/rc-local.service

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Generate an executable /etc/rc.d/rc.local (#!/bin/bash ... exit 0)
2. sudo systemctl enable rc-local.service

Actual results:
systemctl says:
The unit files have no installation config (WantedBy, RequiredBy, Also, Alias
settings in the [Install] section, and DefaultInstance for template units).
This means they are not meant to be enabled using systemctl.
Possible reasons for having this kind of units are:
1) A unit may be statically enabled by being symlinked from another unit's
   .wants/ or .requires/ directory.
2) A unit's purpose may be to act as a helper for some other unit which has
   a requirement dependency on it.
3) A unit may be started when needed via activation (socket, path, timer,
   D-Bus, udev, scripted systemctl call, ...).
4) In case of template units, the unit is meant to be enabled with some
   instance name specified.

Expected results:
rc-local.service should start on boot and execute /etc/rc.d/rc.local

Additional info:
Adding following at the end of the file
seems to solve the problem:


Context: I wanted to change the power-setting of external USB-devices (mouse, keyboard to 'on' after start of powertop.service. With the modification of /usr/lib/systemd/system/rc-local.service the service ist started successfully, but nevertheless the commands in /etc/rc.d/rc.local have no effect, grmpfz.

Comment 1 Lukáš Nykrýn 2017-11-22 10:56:22 UTC
rc-local.service is not meant to be enabled manually. There is a generator that enables automatically when proper conditions are met.

Comment 2 Lonni J Friedman 2018-10-14 17:16:32 UTC
Also seeing this bug.  Its unclear to me what 'proper conditions' need to be met to make this work.  My /etc/rc.local has executable perms.  What more is needed?

Comment 3 Ben Cotton 2018-11-27 14:01:34 UTC
This message is a reminder that Fedora 27 is nearing its end of life.
On 2018-Nov-30  Fedora will stop maintaining and issuing updates for
Fedora 27. It is Fedora's policy to close all bug reports from releases
that are no longer maintained. At that time this bug will be closed as
EOL if it remains open with a Fedora  'version' of '27'.

Package Maintainer: If you wish for this bug to remain open because you
plan to fix it in a currently maintained version, simply change the 'version' 
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Comment 4 Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek 2018-11-27 14:11:47 UTC
This should work. It seems to work here. Please run

mkdir -p /tmp/x && SYSTEMD_LOG_LEVEL=debug strace -eaccess /usr/lib/systemd/system-generators/systemd-rc-local-generator /tmp/{x,x,x}

You should see something like:
access("/etc/rc.local", X_OK)           = 0
Automatically adding rc-local.service.
access("/usr/sbin/halt.local", X_OK)    = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
+++ exited with 0 +++

Comment 5 Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek 2018-11-27 14:27:20 UTC makes the generator a bit more verbose.

Comment 6 Ben Cotton 2018-11-30 22:46:59 UTC
Fedora 27 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2018-11-30. Fedora 27 is
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.

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