The systemd software suite provides fundamental building blocks for a Linux operating system. It includes the systemd "System and Service Manager", an init system used to bootstrap user space and manage user processes.
systemd startup on Fedora 17
|Original author(s)||Lennart Poettering|
|Developer(s)||Red Hat (Lennart Poettering, Kay Sievers, Harald Hoyer, Daniel Mack, Tom Gundersen, David Herrmann) 345 different authors at 2018 and 1,317 different authors in total|
|Initial release||30 March 2010|
|Stable release||242 (April 11, 2019[±])|
systemd aims to unify service configuration and behavior across Linux distributions. It replaces the UNIX System V and BSD init systems. Since 2015, the majority of Linux distributions have adopted systemd, and it is considered a de facto standard.
The name systemd adheres to the Unix convention of naming daemons by appending the letter d. It also plays on the term "System D", which refers to a person's ability to adapt quickly and improvise to solve problems.
Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers, the software engineers working for Red Hat who initially developed systemd, sought to surpass the efficiency of the init daemon in several ways. They wanted to improve the software framework for expressing dependencies, to allow more processing to be done concurrently or in parallel during system booting, and to reduce the computational overhead of the shell.
Poettering describes systemd development as "never finished, never complete, but tracking progress of technology". In May 2014, Poettering further described systemd as unifying "pointless differences between distributions", by providing the following three general functions:
- A system and service manager (manages both the system, by applying various configurations, and its services)
- A software platform (serves as a basis for developing other software)
- The glue between applications and the kernel (provides various interfaces that expose functionalities provided by the kernel)
systemd is not just the name of the init daemon but also refers to the entire software bundle around it, which, in addition to the systemd init daemon, includes the daemons journald, logind and networkd, and many other low-level components. In January 2013, Poettering described systemd not as one program, but rather a large software suite that includes 69 individual binaries. As an integrated software suite, systemd replaces the startup sequences and runlevels controlled by the traditional init daemon, along with the shell scripts executed under its control. systemd also integrates many other services that are common on Linux systems by handling user logins, the system console, device hotplugging (see udev), scheduled execution (replacing cron), logging, hostnames and locales.
Like the init daemon, systemd is a daemon that manages other daemons, which, including systemd itself, are background processes. systemd is the first daemon to start during booting and the last daemon to terminate during shutdown. The systemd daemon serves as the root of the user space's process tree; the first process (PID 1) has a special role on Unix systems, as it replaces the parent of a process when the original parent terminates. Therefore, the first process is particularly well suited for the purpose of monitoring daemons; systemd attempts to improve in that particular area over the traditional approach, which would usually not restart daemons automatically but only launch them once without further monitoring.
systemd executes elements of its startup sequence in parallel, which is faster than the traditional startup sequence's sequential approach. For inter-process communication (IPC), systemd makes Unix domain sockets and D-Bus available to the running daemons. The state of systemd itself can also be preserved in a snapshot for future recall.
Core components and librariesEdit
Following its integrated approach, systemd also provides replacements for various daemons and utilities, including the startup shell scripts, pm-utils, inetd, acpid, syslog, watchdog, cron and atd. systemd's core components include the following:
- systemd is a system and service manager for Linux operating systems.
- systemctl may be used to introspect and control the state of the systemd system and service manager.
- systemd-analyze may be used to determine system boot-up performance statistics and retrieve other state and tracing information from the system and service manager.
systemd tracks processes using the Linux kernel's cgroups subsystem instead of using process identifiers (PIDs); thus, daemons cannot "escape" systemd, not even by double-forking. systemd not only uses cgroups, but also augments them with systemd-nspawn and machinectl, two utility programs that facilitate the creation and management of Linux containers. Since version 205, systemd also offers ControlGroupInterface, which is an API to the Linux kernel cgroups. The Linux kernel cgroups are adapted to support kernfs, and are being modified to support a unified hierarchy.
Beside its primary purpose of providing a Linux init system, the systemd suite can provide additional functionality, including the following components:
- systemd-journald is a daemon responsible for event logging, with append-only binary files serving as its logfiles. The system administrator may choose whether to log system events with systemd-journald, syslog-ng or rsyslog. The potential for corruption of the binary format has led to much heated debate.
- systemd-logind is a daemon that manages user logins and seats in various ways. It is an integrated login manager that offers multiseat improvements and replaces ConsoleKit, which is no longer maintained. For X11 display managers the switch to logind requires a minimal amount of porting. It was integrated in systemd version 30.
- networkd is a daemon to handle the configuration of the network interfaces; in version 209, when it was first integrated, support was limited to statically assigned addresses and basic support for bridging configuration. In July 2014, systemd version 215 was released, adding new features such as a DHCP server for IPv4 hosts, and VXLAN support.
- systemd-tmpfiles is a utility that takes care of creation and clean-up of temporary files and directories. It is normally run once at startup and then in specified intervals.
- systemd-timedated is a daemon that can be used to control time-related settings, such as the system time, system time zone, or selection between UTC and local time-zone system clock. It is accessible through D-Bus. It was integrated in systemd version 30.
- udev is a device manager for the Linux kernel, which handles the /dev directory and all user space actions when adding/removing devices, including firmware loading. In April 2012, the source tree for udev was merged into the systemd source tree.
- It is the standard library for utilizing udev, which allows third-party applications to query udev resources.
- systemd-boot is a boot manager, formerly known as gummiboot. Kay Sievers merged it into systemd with rev 220.
Configuration of systemdEdit
systemd records initialization instructions for each daemon in a configuration file (referred to as a "unit file") that uses a declarative language, replacing the traditionally used per-daemon startup shell scripts. Unit-file types include:
- .timer (which can be used as a cron-like job scheduler)
- .slice (used to group and manage processes and resources)
Hierarchy of configuration filesEdit
man systemd.unit explains the hierarchy of the configuration files. Their paths are defined during compilation. The default:
UNIT LOAD PATH Unit files are loaded from a set of paths determined during compilation, described in the two tables below. Unit files found in directories listed earlier override files with the same name in directories lower in the list. Table 1. Load path when running in system mode (--system). ┌────────────────────────┬─────────────────────────────┐ │Path │ Description │ ├────────────────────────┼─────────────────────────────┤ │/etc/systemd/system │ Local configuration │ ├────────────────────────┼─────────────────────────────┤ │/run/systemd/system │ Runtime units │ ├────────────────────────┼─────────────────────────────┤ │/usr/lib/systemd/system │ Units of installed packages │ └────────────────────────┴─────────────────────────────┘
Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers started the project to develop systemd in 2010.
Between October 2013 and February 2014, a long debate among the Debian Technical Committee occurred on the Debian mailing list, discussing which init system to use as the default in Debian 8 "jessie", and culminating in a decision in favor of systemd. The debate was widely publicized and in the wake of the decision the debate continues on the Debian mailing list. In February 2014, after Debian's decision was made, Mark Shuttleworth announced on his blog that Ubuntu would follow in implementing systemd.
In November 2014 Debian Developer Joey Hess, Debian Technical Committee members Russ Allbery and Ian Jackson, and systemd package-maintainer Tollef Fog Heen resigned from their positions. All four justified their decision on the public Debian mailing list and in personal blogs with their exposure to extraordinary stress-levels related to ongoing disputes on systemd integration within the Debian and open-source community that rendered regular maintenance virtually impossible.
In August 2015 systemd started providing a login shell, callable via machinectl shell.
In September 2016, a security bug was discovered that allowed any unprivileged user to perform a denial-of-service attack against systemd. Rich Felker, developer of musl, stated that this bug reveals a major "system development design flaw". In 2017 another security bug was discovered in systemd, CVE-2017-9445, which "allows disruption of service" by a "malicious DNS server".
|Linux distribution||Date added to software repository[a]||Enabled by default?||Date released as default||Runs without?|
|Alpine Linux||N/A (not in repository)||No||N/A||Yes|
|Android||N/A (not in repository)||No||N/A||Yes|
|Arch Linux||January 2012||Yes||October 2012||Yes|
|CentOS||April 2014||Yes||April 2014 (7.14.04)||No|
|CoreOS||July 2013||Yes||October 2013 (v94.0.0)||No|
|Debian||April 2012||Yes||April 2015 (v8)||Yes|
|Devuan||N/A (not in repository)||No||N/A||Yes|
|Fedora||November 2010 (v14)||Yes||May 2011 (v15)||No|
|Gentoo Linux[b]||July 2011||No||N/A||Yes|
|Mageia||January 2011 (v1.0)||Yes||May 2012 (v2.0)||?|
|Mint||June 2016 (v18.0)||Yes||N/A||Yes|
|openSUSE||March 2011 (v11.4)||Yes||September 2012 (v12.2)||No|
|Parabola GNU/Linux-libre||January 2012||Optional||N/A||Yes|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux||June 2014 (v7.0)||Yes||June 2014 (v7.0)||No|
|Slackware||N/A (not in repository)||No||N/A||Yes|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server||October 2014 (v12)||Yes||October 2014 (v12)||No|
|Ubuntu||April 2013 (v13.04)||Yes||April 2015 (v15.04)||Yes|
|Void Linux||June 2011, removed June 2015 ||No||N/A||Yes|
While most distributions boot systemd by default, some allow other init systems to be used; in this case switching the init system is possible by installing the appropriate packages. A fork of Debian called Devuan was developed to avoid systemd and has reached version 2.0 for stable usage.
Integration with other softwareEdit
In the interest of enhancing the interoperability between systemd and the GNOME desktop environment, systemd coauthor Lennart Poettering asked the GNOME Project to consider making systemd an external dependency of GNOME 3.2.
In November 2012, the GNOME Project concluded that basic GNOME functionality should not rely on systemd. However, GNOME 3.8 introduced a compile-time choice between the logind and ConsoleKit API, the former being provided at the time only by systemd. Ubuntu provided a separate logind binary but systemd became a de facto dependency of GNOME for most Linux distributions, in particular since ConsoleKit is no longer actively maintained and upstream recommends the use of systemd-logind instead. The developers of Gentoo Linux also attempted to adapt these changes in OpenRC, but the implementation contained too many bugs, causing the distribution to mark systemd as a dependency of GNOME.
GNOME has further integrated logind. As of Mutter version 3.13.2, logind is a dependency for Wayland sessions. Since systemd supports only Linux and cannot be easily ported to other operating systems due to the heavy use of Linux kernel APIs, there is a need to offer compatible APIs on other operating systems such as OpenBSD.
The design of systemd has ignited controversy within the free-software community. Critics regard systemd as overly complex and suffering from continued feature creep, arguing that its architecture violates the Unix philosophy. There is also concern that it forms a system of interlocked dependencies, thereby giving distribution maintainers little choice but to adopt systemd as more user-space software comes to depend on its components.
In a 2012 interview, Slackware's lead Patrick Volkerding expressed reservations about the systemd architecture, stating his belief that its design was contrary to the Unix philosophy of interconnected utilities with narrowly defined functionalities. As of August 2018[update], Slackware does not support or use systemd, but Volkerding has not ruled out the possibility of switching to it.
In January 2013, Lennart Poettering attempted to address concerns about systemd in a blog post called The Biggest Myths.
In March 2014 Eric S. Raymond opined that systemd's design goals were prone to mission creep and software bloat. In April 2014, Linus Torvalds expressed reservations about the attitude of Kay Sievers, a key systemd developer, toward users and bug reports in regard to modifications sent by Sievers to the Linux kernel itself. In late April 2014 a campaign to boycott systemd was launched, with a website listing various reasons against its adoption.
In an August 2014 article published in InfoWorld, Paul Venezia wrote about the systemd controversy and attributed the controversy to violation of the Unix philosophy, and to "enormous egos who firmly believe they can do no wrong". The article also characterizes the architecture of systemd as similar to that of svchost.exe, a critical system component in Microsoft Windows with a broad functional scope.
In a September 2014 ZDNet interview, prominent Linux kernel developer Theodore Ts'o expressed his opinion that the dispute over systemd's centralized design philosophy, more than technical concerns, indicates a dangerous general trend toward uniformizing the Linux ecosystem, alienating and marginalizing parts of the open-source community, and leaving little room for alternative projects. He cited similarities with the attitude he found in the GNOME project toward non-standard configurations. On social media, Ts'o also later compared the attitudes of Sievers and his co-developer, Lennart Poettering, to that of GNOME's developers.
On July 6, 2015, an issue was raised on the systemd GitHub page expressing concerns about the hard coding of DNS servers in the systemd code. Poettering responded that it is not the actual DNS but rather the fallback DNS that is hard coded. He added that the fallback DNS is only used if "...nobody configured anything..." and to prevent connectivity issues due to catastrophic failure of configuration files or a lack of DHCP on the network. As Poettering described, the system "...should do the right thing..." if, as an example, the /etc directory were missing or empty. Poettering also noted that the /etc/systemd/resolved.conf file installed with systemd contains exactly the same DNS servers as the fallback DNS thereby resulting in the same operation regardless of the /etc directory being empty or present.
Forks and alternative implementationsEdit
In 2012, the Gentoo Linux project created a fork of udev in order to avoid dependency on the systemd architecture. The resulting fork is called eudev and it makes udev functionality available without systemd. A stated goal of the project is to keep eudev independent of any Linux distribution or init system.
Elogind is the systemd project's "logind", extracted out to be a standalone daemon. It integrates with PAM to know the set of users that are logged into a system and whether they are logged in graphically, on the console, or remotely. Elogind exposes this information via the standard org.freedesktop.login1 D-Bus interface, as well as through the file system using systemd's standard /run/systemd layout. Elogind also provides "libelogind", which is a subset of the facilities offered by "libsystemd". There is a "libelogind.pc" pkg-config file as well.
In 2014, uselessd was created as a lightweight fork of systemd. The project sought to remove features and programs deemed unnecessary for an init system, as well as address other perceived faults. Project development halted in January 2015.
uselessd supported the musl and µClibc libraries, so it may have been used on embedded systems, whereas systemd only supports glibc. The uselessd project had planned further improvements on cross-platform compatibility, as well as architectural overhauls and refactoring for the Linux build in the future.
In 2014, a Google Summer of Code project named "systembsd" was started in order to provide alternative implementations of these APIs for OpenBSD. The original project developer began it in order to ease his transition from Linux to OpenBSD. Project development halted in July 2016.
The systembsd project did not provide an init replacement, but aimed to provide OpenBSD with compatible daemons for hostnamed, timedated, localed, and logind. The project did not create new systemd-like functionality, and was only meant to act as a wrapper over the native OpenBSD system. The developer aimed for systembsd to be installable as part of the ports collection, not as part of a base system, stating that, "systemd and *BSD differ fundamentally in terms of philosophy and development practices."
ConsoleKit was forked in October 2014 by Xfce developers wanting its features to still be maintained and available on operating systems other than Linux. While not ruling out the possibility of reviving the original repository in the long term, the main developer considers ConsoleKit2 a temporary necessity until systembsd matures.
Development ceased in December 2017 and the project may be defunct.
The project has been defunct since February 2015.
Notsystemd intends to implement all systemd's features working on any init system. It was forked by the Parabola GNU/Linux-libre developers to build packages with their development tools without the necessity of having systemd installed to run systemd-nspawn.
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