[systemd-devel] Unwants

Dimitri John Ledkov dimitri.j.ledkov at intel.com
Thu Jan 22 05:54:37 PST 2015

Is there a way to remove / override wants that are specified via
.wants directory, .d snippet with "Wants=", or wants specified in the
unit itself?

I thought that creating a symlink to /dev/null from a higher up
directory would disable wants dependency but it didn't:

I was expecting for
/run/systemd/system/getty.target.wants/getty at tty1.service -> /dev/null

to cancel

/etc/systemd/system/getty.target.wants/getty at tty1.service ->
../../../../usr/lib/systemd/system/getty at .service

However i've found that the target of the symlink does not matter, and
thus symlinks to /dev/null in .wants directory enable the

One can experiment with just dummy foo.target and bar.target in

Similarly I've tried adding .d snippet with "Wants=!unwanted.service"
but that only failed to load the snippet...

So, is there a way to unwant something, as an override?



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