Using Systemd Service Management


Installing the Service Units

You need to copy both the service unit and the service instance unit into Systemd's system unit directory. You can find out where this directory is on your system with this command:

pkg-config systemd --variable=systemdsystemunitpath

The output from this command is a colon-delimited list of directories. Look for the one that starts with /etc. Assuming that Systemd's system unit directory is /etc/systemd/system (please ensure to use whatever it really is on your system):

  1. Define the service instance unit for BRLTTY as follows:
cp brltty@.service /etc/systemd/system/brltty@.service
  1. Define the service unit for BRLTTY as follows:
cp brltty.service /etc/systemd/system/brltty.service
  1. Tell Systemd that these units have been defined as follows:

    systemctl daemon-reload

You also need to install a wrapper script that's used by the service units:

cp brltty-systemd-wrapper /sbin/brltty-systemd-wrapper
chmod 755 /sbin/brltty-systemd-wrapper

Managing the BRLTTY Service

Once the unit file is in the right place, you'll be able to use standard Systemd commands to manage the brltty service. The most common ones are:

systemctl start brltty
Explicitly start the brltty service.
systemctl stop brltty
Explicitly stop the brltty service.
systemctl enable brltty
Automatically start the brltty service on system boot.
systemctl disable brltty
Don't automatically start the brltty service on system boot.
systemctl status brltty
Show the current status of the brltty service.
journalctl -u brltty
Show system log messages pertaining to the brltty service.

Nothing is implicit. If you'd like to start the brltty service right away then use the start function. If you'd like the brltty service to be automatically started when the system is booted then use the enable function.