Delay startup service

I want to delay start an service on boot. Ubuntu Server 15.10

I’ve created the file / (chmod +x)

sleep 20 && service tvheadend start;

Then in crontab -e

@reboot /

Running the script as sudo works but not when I reboot the computer.
I’ve disabled the default auto start after installation.

kidkic@TvHeadEnd:~$ systemctl status tvheadend
‚óŹ tvheadend.service - (null)
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/tvheadend)
   Active: inactive (dead)
     Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
Asked By: roady


As you are using systemctl status tvheadend, I guess you should also use systemd’s systemctl instead of upstart’s service command to start this service:

sleep 20 && systemctl start tvheadend;
Answered By: s3lph

It’s simpler to add a sleep to the systemd configuration file. For example, to delay the bind9 start, we can edit (On Ubuntu 16.04) /lib/systemd/system/bind9.service and add a ExecStartPre command. (See )

ExecStartPre=-/bin/sleep 5
Answered By: gerardw
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