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Listing services on OpenSuSE Linux

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/05/15

Nowadays, most OpenSuSE Linux services are systemd based. Listing those is simple with systemctl list-units --all (configured ones) and systemctl list-unit-files (nonconfigured ones as well), though their states can be many as the command-completion for the --state parameter:

# systemctl list-unit-files --state
abandoned deactivating failed masked not-found remounting-sigterm start-pre stop-sigkill waiting
activating deactivating-sigkill final-sigkill merged plugged running stop stop-sigterm
activating-done deactivating-sigterm final-sigterm mounted registered sigkill stop-post stub
activating-sigkill dead inactive mounting reload sigterm stop-pre tentative
activating-sigterm elapsed listening mounting-done reloading start stop-pre-sigkill unmounting
active error loaded mounting-sigkill remounting start-chown stop-pre-sigterm unmounting-sigkill
auto-restart exited making mounting-sigterm remounting-sigkill start-post stop-sigabrt unmounting-sigterm

The odd thing: not all states from the service list are in the completion. These are missing from the list-unit-files:


In the past, most services were System V based, where you can use service --status-all. Contrary to the documentation (which indicates “The –status-all option displays the status of all loaded service units.”), it lists all services.

On OpenSuSE though, it now lists both System V based and systemd based services in one go. Since usually there are no more System V services (virtually all have been migrated to systemd a few years ago), the netto result is systemd services.

Based on [WayBack] init.d – Command to list services that start on startup? – Ask Ubuntu


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