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0017661CentOS-8systemdpublic2020-08-11 07:45
ReporterYenya Assigned To 
Status newResolutionopen 
Product Version8.2.2004 
Summary0017661: "The unit files have no installation config" even though they do (Also=... line)
DescriptionI want to create a unit file for losetup of a block device image (not a filesystem, so cannot use mount -o loop instead), but systemctl enable complains that the unit file has no installation config. This has probably been already fixed upstream, because in Fedora systemd-245.7-1.fc32.x86_64 the same unit file works.
Steps To Reproduce# cat <<EOF > /lib/systemd/system/loop0.service
Description=Setup loop device

ExecStart=/usr/sbin/losetup /dev/loop0 /var/lib/drbd0


# systemctl daemon-reload
# systemctl enable loop0.service

Expected behaviour:
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ → /usr/lib/systemd/system/loop0.service.

Observed behaviour:
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ → /usr/lib/systemd/system/loop0.service.
The unit files have no installation config (WantedBy, RequiredBy, Also, Alias
settings in the [Install] section, and DefaultInstance for template units).
This means they are not meant to be enabled using systemctl.
Possible reasons for having this kind of units are:
1) A unit may be statically enabled by being symlinked from another unit's
   .wants/ or .requires/ directory.
2) A unit's purpose may be to act as a helper for some other unit which has
   a requirement dependency on it.
3) A unit may be started when needed via activation (socket, path, timer,
   D-Bus, udev, scripted systemctl call, ...).
4) In case of template units, the unit is meant to be enabled with some
   instance name specified.
Additional InformationThe "systemctl enable" returns exit code 0 and the symlink is created nevertheless.

With the the "Also=..." line in the unit file commented out, systemctl enable works as expected without the error message.
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