I have a Vagrant box running Ubuntu 15.04, which has an upstart script that starts a service when the system boots. It has a start on vagrant-mounted stanza because the service requires that the /vagrant directory be mounted by Vagrant.

I am now migrating this script to systemd (which I am completely new to) and cannot get the script to successfully run during boot because /vagrant is not mounted when the script is run. After=vagrant-mounted doesn't work, but might help show what I'm trying to do.

How do I run a systemd unit when a Vagrant directory has been mounted during boot?

Note systemctl start my.service does successfully start the service, and the service is systemctl enabled'ed.

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My understanding of the Vagrant boot sequence is that Vagrant mounts /vagrant (and any other shared filesystems you have defined) using SSH, after the boot sequence has completed.

As such, you'll probably want to run systemctl start my.service in a provisioner, with run: always specified, so the provisioner runs on every boot, not just when the VM is initially created.

This wouldn't be necessary if systemd had the ability to detect when a filesystem was mounted, but to my surprise I can't find any indication that systemd supports such functionality.

  • I came to the same conclusion myself; if the script is simple enough, it has been recommended to just put it in its own bash script and run it with run: 'always' like you said. Of course, this works if systemd specific functionality isn't needed.
    – TJ Mazeika
    Sep 27, 2015 at 2:49

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