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systemd service unit incorrectly reported as masked

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 (SLES 12 SP1)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3 (SLES 12 SP3)


Checking the status of a service shows it is masked.

Running systemctl unmask <unit file> doesn't change the status.


The systemd unit file is empty.  Replace it in /usr/lib/systemd/system by reinstalling the package in which the unit file was contained.

Reload the systemd configuration file with systemctl daemon-reload after the unit file is replaced.


Additional Information

Masking a systemd unit is used to prevent the unit from starting.

When a mask is set on a unit, a symbolic link with the name of that unit is created in the /etc/systemd/system directory which points to /dev/null

Systemd unit files in /etc/systemd/system override vendor-supplied unit files in /usr/lib/systemd/system, so attempting to start a masked unit will do nothing.


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  • Document ID:7022685
  • Creation Date: 23-Feb-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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