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Why are the services not started automatically on reboot?

From: Sonderegger, Markus
Subject: Why are the services not started automatically on reboot?
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2019 11:27:30 +0000

The monit manual says in “SYSTEM REBOOT AND SERVICE STARTUP”:

“In start mode, Monit will always start the service automatically on reboot, even if it was stopped before restart. This is the default mode and used if onreboot is not specified.”


I would expect that monit will call the START method when the system comes up but I experimented at least 2 days with PROCESS and PROGRAM with various combinations and did not manage to get the services started properly.

Do I misunderstand the saying of the manual that the services are started automatically?


Here some thoughts:

The manual says for a PROCESS service:

“If the pid-file does not exist or does not contain the PID number of a running process, Monit will call the entry's start method if defined.”

This no longer works when I add an EXEC action.


The manual also says for the validate argument:

“Check all services listed in the control file. This action is also the default behaviour when Monit runs in daemon mode.”


Our SysAdmin starts monit with the following systemd entry:





ExecStart=/opt/monit/bin/monit -I -vv

ExecStop=/opt/monit/bin/monit quit

ExecReload=/opt/monit/bin/monit reload









Would we have to define ExecStart=/opt/monit/bin/monit -I –vv start all?

Doing so could we suppress starting all services by setting ONREBOOT NOSTART when we need to apply a patch before starting the services?


Many thanks for your help.




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