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Controlling Linux Services and Daemons

teacher avatar Mostafa Mahmoud, Data Scientist/ML Engineer/Linux Expert

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4 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. 00 Class 8 Overview

    • 2. 01 Systemd

    • 3. 02 Identifying Automatically Started System Processes

    • 4. 03 Controlling Services and Daemons

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RHEL 8 / CentOS 8 Linux Administration - RHCSA 8 - Class Eight

Controlling Linux Services and Daemons

Hi, I'm Mustafa Mahmoud. A Senior Linux Administrator and Online Instructor. I have been working as Linux System Administrator for more than ten years, currently devoted to teaching. I like to share my knowledge with others and help them advance in their careers.

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Class goal

The goal of this class is to control and monitor network services and system daemons using systemd tools.


After completing this class you should be able to:

  • Describe the role of systemd in a Linux system.
  • List system daemons and network services started by systemd and socket units.
  • Control system daemons and network services using systemctl.

 Class content:

  • Systemd role explanation.
  • Important features offered by systemd.
  • Linux system initialization.
  • Identifying automatically started system processes.
  • Systemd tools.
  • Systemctl and systemd units.
  • Service states.
  • Systemd unit status.
  • Listing unit files with systemctl.
  • Controlling system services.
  • Starting and stopping system daemons.
  • Unit dependencies.
  • Masking services.
  • Enabling system daemons to start or stop at boot.
  • Systemctl commands.

What's next?

RHEL 8 / CentOS 8 Linux System Administration - RHCSA 8 - Class Nine

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Mostafa Mahmoud

Data Scientist/ML Engineer/Linux Expert


Hello, I'm Mostafa. A data scientist, ml engineer, and Linux expert. I worked for ten years as a Linux systems administrator at Express, then I had the opportunity to turn to data science. Because of my passion for this field and my keen attention to detail, I got my Udacity certifications to work as a data scientist and machine learning engineer. The most recent projects I worked on were Finding Donors for CharityML, a full exploratory and explanatory analytics work project for Ford Go Bike company trips data, and creating a logistic regression to predict absenteeism. I'm working on improving my skills and looking for job opportunities that will help me in this direction.

Skills: Python, SQL, Linux
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1. 00 Class 8 Overview: Controlling surfaces and demons. The goal of this class is to control and monitor network services and systems, the ones using system d. After completing this class, you should be able to describe the role of system D in a Linux system. Let's test them. Demons and network services started by system d and socket units. Control system demons and network services using system CTL. Class content. System d rho explanation, important features offered by system D. Linux system initialization, identifying automatically started system processes, system tools, system CTL and system d units, Services states, system the unit status, listing unit files with system CTL, controlling system services, starting and stopping system demons, unit dependencies, masking services, enabling system demons to start or stop at boot. System CTL commands. 2. 01 Systemd: System d. After completing this lecture, you should be able to explain what system d is and the role of system d process in a Linux system. System d is a system and service management demon. It provides a method for activating system resources, server demons, and other processes, both at boot time and on a running system. Its mean IM is to unify Service Configuration and behavior across Linux distributions. The name system D adheres to the unix convention of naming demons by appending the letter D. It also please on the term system d, which refers to a person's ability to adapt quickly and improvise to solve problems. Since 2015, the majority of Linux distributions have adopted system D, having replaced other systems such as the Unix system v and b is d. Init systems. Read head is the inventor and the primary booster of system d. So the best districts for bleeding with it already had Enterprise Linux clones like Santos and scientific Linux. Similar to any system d is the parent of all other processes directly or indirectly, and is the first process that starts at boot, hence, typically assigned a process ID one. System D may refer to all the packages, utilities, and libraries around the moon. It was designed to overcome the shortcomings of init. System d itself is a background process which is designed to start processes in parallel, thus reducing the boot time and computational overhead. The main reason that there was a need to replace in it is that in process started serially, meaning that one task starts only after the last task Startup was successful and it was loaded into memory. This often resulted into delayed and lung booting time. However, system D was not designed for speed, but for getting the things done neatly, which in turns, avoid all the unnecessary delays. Demons are processes that we've run in the background performing various tasks. Generally, demons start automatically at boot time and continue to run until shut down or until they are manually stopped. To listen for connections. A daimon uses a socket, which is the primary communication channel with local or remote clients. Sockets may be created by demons or maybe separate it from the demon and be created by another process, such as system d. The circuit is best to the demon when a connection is established by the client. A service often refers to one or more demons, but starting or stopping a service may mislead, make a onetime change to the state of the system, which doesn't involve leaving a daemon process running. After all. A few of the new features provided by system d include Keene State forward and efficient design. Similar put process, concurrent and parallel processing output, symbol unit syntax, ability to remove optional components, low memory footprints. In proof technique to express dependencies. Initialization instruction written in config file and not in shell script, make use of unix domain sockets, job scheduling using system D, calendar timers, event logging with journal D, choice of logging system events with system D, as well as this log. Logs are stored in binary file system, the state can be preserved to be called later in future. Users login managed by system D, slugging D. Better integration with gloom for interoperability. And everything is at one, please. At the end of the boot process, the Linux kernel load system d and bases control over to it, and the startup process begins. During this step, the candle initializes the first userspace process, system d with process ID one, and then goes idle and lists called again. System D prepares the user space and brings the Linux host into an operational steep by starting all other processes on the system. Simplified overview of the entire Linux port and startup process. First, the system parse up, then buys, does minimal hardware initialization and hands over control to the bootloader. The bootloader calls the kernel. Then the kernel loads and initial RAM disk that loads it, the system drives and then looks for the root file system. Once the candle is set up, it begins the system de-initialization system. Then system detects over and continues to mount the hostess file systems and storage services. Thanks for viewing. 3. 02 Identifying Automatically Started System Processes: Identifying automatically started system processes. After completing this lecture, you should be able to list system demons and network services started by the system disservice and socket units. System d units, iron. It is assisting the object that performance or controls a particular task or action. System B uses units to start, stop, managed, service, organize boot process, maintain tasks and the processes create sockets, mounted file system, and initialize hardware system. The unit consists of an EM type and configuration pile. The name provides a unique identity to the unit. The type helps they only to group with other similar types of units. And the configuration file defines the responsibility or test of the ionic. System D tools, system dynamics, common system administration tasks, easier to manage with its system CTL and journal CTL commands. The system CTL command can be used to gather detailed information about the overall state of your server and any individual unit type. It can stop and start the server and modify the system state or the system. These journal city L2 provides a centralized process and system blogging tool. This command allows you to query the system D journal, which creates and maintains in Brexit journals from logging information that is pulled from different areas within the system. Areas like standard output and standard error of service units, like messages, BSE, slug, and Canon log messages. In this way, system administrators can use a single tool to monitor and debug observer system CTL and system d units. The system CTL command is used to manage different types of system, the objects called units. To list all available unit types, you can use the system CTL, DST, help command. Service states. The status of a service can be viewed with system CTL, status, main.out type command. If they only type is not provided. System city L will through the streets of service unit if one exists. System the unit status. Several keywords indicating the state of the service can be found in the status output. For example, the loaded status means that valence configuration pile has been successfully read and processed and the active states means successfully executed. Let's take some examples. Checking system diversion. To fool the version number of system D and your Linux system, you can use the command view units. System B uses units which can be Services, mountable. Devices also cuts. You can use the system CTL command to manage all these types of units. By default. When you run the system CTL command without any arguments, it will display a list of all loaded system d units, including services showing VM status with our active running, extend or failed, and the description using the list, this unit sub command will show the same result that the system CTL command would automatically the output with less view all available unit piles on your system and we'll stick. You can use the command. Here. As you can see in the output ion, it can be in three states. Enable, disable, and static. If I own it is in the enabled state, the system distorts it at boot time. If it is in the disabled state, the system D doesn't start it at startup. And if I unit is in the static state, neither the system restarts it at startup, nor allows us to change its state. In other words, if Ionic is in the disabled or enabled steep, you can change its state using the system CTL enable or disable command. But if Ionic is invest static steep, you can't change its state. Technically. If ion it is in the static state. This means that the only doesn't have the installed section in its configuration file, which is required to start a unit at boot time. The difference between the system CTL or system CTL list this unit's commands and the system CTL list this unit based fights command, is that the first two commands give a runtime snapshot of units. While the third command displays the status of units at startup. To list all field units, you can use the command. And filter the output to view only filled services. You can use the command to list all available units in a particular type. You can use. For example, the following command list is all available units in the type service. Option instructs the system CTL command to include inactive units in the output. Also, you can use the type option to filter the output by type. For example. Or in the output, the first column lists the name of the second column displays with configuration was loaded blueberry or not. The third, fourth columns. And the last column provides a description of day on it. You can filter the output to new, more specific list of units. For example, to view the list of only active units in the type service, you can use the command to filter the output of available unit piles based on type. And instead, you can use the following command. All loaded but active services running and those that had the option with a value of active, for example. And to get a quick glance of all loaded and activity running services, you can run the command. Thanks for viewing. 4. 03 Controlling Services and Daemons: Controlling system services. After completing this lecture, you should be able to control system demons and network services and view their status using system CTL services status. You can use the status option with the system CTL command, all system CTL list based unit, despite command to show the state of a unit. For example, to show the network manager service status, you can use the command. Another example to view the status of only the types. We can use the command. Alternate commands can also easily show the active and the enabled state. For example, to determine if the service is active without displaying all of the status information, you can use the command end to determine if the service is enabled to start at the system boots, you can use the command starting, stopping, restarting and reloading system demons on a running system. The system CTL command allows you to start, stop, or start a service. Also, you can tell a service to reload it's configuration before starting node that changes to configuration file or other updates to a service may require that the service be restarted. Service that is no longer used may be stopped before removing the software. That is not frequently used, maybe manually started by n administrator only when it is needed. If the user is the route, you need the root privileges to manage the unit. Let's take some examples on managing services on a running system using the SSH ED service. First, let's view the status of the SS HD service viewpoint that a process is running. Just stop the service status. To start the service and view the status. Versus ID has to stop the service in a single command. Ooh, instructions for a service. Without change. Unit dependencies. Services maybe started as dependencies of other services. If a socket unit is enabled and the service unit with the same name is not, the service will automatically be started when a request is made on their network. Socket. Services may also be triggered by Beth units when our file system condition is met. For example, a file placed into the brain spool directory will cause the caps print service to be started if it is not running. To completely stop renting services on a system, you need to start filling units, service, and socket. Disabling the service will disable the dependencies. You can use the system CTL lists these dependencies unit command to print out a tree of what other units must be started if the specified during, started. Depending on the exact dependency, the other unit may need to be running before or after the specified when it starts. Adding the desk distributors option to this command will do what you need to have a satisfied unit started in order to run. For example, masking services. At times, a system may have conflicting surfaces installed. For example, there are multiple methods to manage networks and firewalls to prevent an administrator from accidentally starting at service. That service may be masking. Masking will create a link in that configuration directories so that if the service is started, nothing will happen. In other words, you can mask a service or other unit to prevent it from starting up at all. You would need to unmask it before it can store it in the future. For example, to mask the network manager service, you can use the command. To check the network manager service. Use the command. Note that a mascot service cannot be started manually or automatically. Enabling and disabling system demons to start or stop at. Starting a service on a running system doesn't guarantee that the service will be started when the system reboots. Similarly, stabbing a service when arraying system will not keep it from starting again with the system reboots. Services are started at boot time when links are created in the appropriate system D configuration directories. These links are created and removed with system CTL commands. In other words, you can use the system CTL enable command to have system view automatically stored a service or other type of unit at boot up. And you can use the system CTL disable command to disable a service and stops it from starting automatically with your computer. Let's take some examples to view the status of a service. For example, the SSH servers use the command. The status disabling a service doesn't stop the service. The service status. Note that a disabled Service will not be started automatically at boot or by other unit pipes, but can be started many ways. Creating an alias for system CTL commands. If you frequently use any of the previous comments, you can create an alias command in your home base RCP. Two, easily invoke it. For example, to add an alias for the command used for showing the running services. You can do the following. First, well-being the dot push RC file. You can choose your preferred text editor, like them, or nano. Restart the terminal. Let's try using the new ideas. You can use the running underscore services command to view a list of all loaded actively running services or neural system. Thanks for viewing.