On Tue, Mar 06, 2018 at 12:26:02PM +0100, Toke Høiland-Jørgensen wrote:
> Rob Lister <r...@lonap.net> writes:
> > root@rs1f:/etc/bird# service bird start
> > Job for bird.service failed because the control process exited with 
> > error code.
> > See "systemctl status bird.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.
> >
> > root@rs1f:/etc/bird# systemctl status bird.service
> > ● bird.service - BIRD Internet Routing Daemon (IPv4)
> >     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/bird.service; enabled; vendor 
> > preset: enabled)
> >    Drop-In: /etc/systemd/system/bird.service.d
> >             └─override.conf
> >     Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Mon 2018-03-05 19:16:16 UTC; 
> > 8s ago
> >    Process: 510 ExecStartPre=/usr/sbin/bird -p (code=exited, 
> > status=1/FAILURE)
> So this says that it's `bird -p` that fails. This is a check of the
> configuration file before the actual daemon is started. Since that is
> not passed the $BIRD_ARGS (as you can see from the command line
> invocation), it fails, which prevents startup of the actual daemon.
> You'd have to add the same $BIRD_RUN_USER, $BIRD_RUN_GROUP and
> $BIRD_ARGS to the ExecStartPre line I guess; the fact that it is not
> there already is a bug in the systemd unit file, I'd say. I guess this
> is a packaging bug on the Debian side? In which case you should open a
> bug in the Debian system :)

Well, the only option that is necessary to add to ExecStartPre is the
option -c for the config file. But other options there are probably

Unfortunately with systemd we cannot find a better way to get sane
behavior w.r.t. config file errors than execute BIRD two times (one
in parser-only mode).

Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo

Ondrej 'Santiago' Zajicek (email: santi...@crfreenet.org)
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