[systemd-devel] Newbie systemd-related question - how to run a service w/o anything but network?

Ciprian Dorin Craciun ciprian.craciun at gmail.com
Thu Aug 16 05:33:29 PDT 2012

On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM, Peter Lemenkov <lemenkov at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello All.
> I'm trying to write a systemd service for epmd (Erlang Port Mapper
> Daemon, if someone is curious). its only purpose is to open a TCP port
> 4369 at and act as a simple messaging (very simple actually)
> bus between erlang nodes. I'd like to run it w/o anything and under a
> most restricted system account. So far I'm using this service:

    (Notice: Slightly off topic for systemd, but very on topic for EPMD...)

    Please be aware that starting `epmd` under a service monitoring
system like systemd (or others) is not 100% possible under the current
circumstances. For a detailed explanation please see the following
thread on the Erlang mailing list:

    The summary is that if someone starts an Erlang application before
your `epmd` instance starts you'll end up with your `epmd` dieing and
being restarted by systemd in a continuous loop, because each Erlang
application tries to start its own `epmd` instance. (Thus there is a
race condition here.) In the thread above I've found a workaround for
this issue but it's not quite "documented"...

    On the other hand if you would modify `epmd` to use socket
activation at least the issue will be less likely to happen. (It can
still happen if someone starts the Erlang application even before

    Hope it helps,

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