[Freeswitch-users] systemd won't enable for automatic start of FS

Karl Schmidt karl at xtronics.com
Fri Sep 4 08:17:47 MSD 2015

I have 1.4.21~35-1~jessie+1 running on Jessie - got stung by this bug on reboot of the server 
(errors from systemd were NOT helpful - putting them here for the next guy).

-- Unit freeswitch.service has failed.
-- The result is failed.
Sep 03 21:58:31 malaysia systemd[1]: Unit freeswitch.service entered failed state.
Sep 03 21:58:31 malaysia systemd[11999]: Failed at step CHDIR spawning /bin/mkdir: No such file or 
-- Subject: Process /bin/mkdir could not be executed
-- Defined-By: systemd
-- Support: http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/systemd-devel
-- The process /bin/mkdir could not be executed and failed.
-- The error number returned while executing this process is 2.
Sep 03 21:58:31 malaysia systemd[1]: freeswitch.service: control process exited, code=exited status=200
Sep 03 21:58:31 malaysia systemd[1]: Failed to start freeswitch.
-- Subject: Unit freeswitch.service has failed
-- Defined-By: systemd
-- Support: http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/systemd-devel
-- Unit freeswitch.service has failed.
 >>> ERRORS END <<<

/var/run is now a simlink to /var/run so there is no reason to edit the freeswitch.service file.
(the /var/lock directory is also now a simlink to /run/lock - don't think we use that).

Then I have to:

$ cd /run
$ mkdir freeswitch
$ chown root.freeswitch freeswitch/
$ systemctl enable freeswitch.service

Still fails over reboot - the /run/freeswitch directory should be recreated on every startup - but 
it isn't happening.

/run is a tmpfs so it is supposed to disappear over reboots -

Hope this helps --
Also - a few notes to others learning systemd here:


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