[clug] systemctl - timer keeps cancelling, I think

Chris Smart clug at csmart.io
Wed Sep 7 08:24:28 UTC 2022

On Wed, 7 Sep 2022, at 17:23, Tony Lewis via linux wrote:
> I've seen this argument go on for a long time, and at the risk of 
> bringing the war to the home front, I will say that I see this side, but 
> I also see how good systemd could be, if it wasn't so arcane.
> There really should be a way to just say, "run this process, capture all 
> its output, and if it dies, start it again".  Yes, we had that with the 
> /etc/init.d stuff but it was pretty much cobbled together and cut and 
> paste a few thousand times.  Systemd does that better, I think.  If 
> systemd solved that, and solved it well, and *only* solved that, then 
> I'd be more of a fanboy.  Instead, I agree that it reaches into far too 
> much of everything, and it's just not intuitive how to control it, at 
> least to me.

Is your service of type oneshot? I.e.


What's your timer set to? E.g.

OnCalendar=Mon *-*-* 00:00:00

For an example, see https://blog.christophersmart.com/2021/05/23/auto-update-pi-hole-with-systemd-timer/ 

Also, do you need to enable linger for your user?

sudo loginctl enable-linger "${USER}"


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