Using Systemd to automatically restart services

Recently I’ve been having a problem where the Emby server kept dying. I haven’t been able to figure out what is causing it. So while I’ve been trying to figure it out with the Emby folks, I fixed up the systemd script for Emby so that it would restart itself whenever it died. It was incredibly simple to do this. Here’s the original script:

[Unit]
 Description=Emby Media Server
 After=network.target

[Service]
 EnvironmentFile=/etc/emby-server.conf
 ExecStart=/usr/lib/emby-server/emby-server.sh start
 Restart=on-abort
 TimeoutSec=20
 ExecStopPost=/usr/lib/emby-server/emby-server.sh clear

[Install]
 WantedBy=multi-user.target

And here’s how I fixed it:

[Unit]
Description=Emby Media Server
After=network.target

[Service]
EnvironmentFile=/etc/emby-server.conf
ExecStart=/usr/lib/emby-server/emby-server.sh start
Restart=on-abort
TimeoutSec=20
ExecStopPost=/usr/lib/emby-server/emby-server.sh clear

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

[Service]
Restart=always

It’s pretty easy. When you’re done you just need to run

systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl restart emby-server

And you’re good to go.

Author: Eric Mesa

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