I compiled Nginx from source code and now I want to manage it via systemd like systemctl start,stop,restart,reload,enable nginx.service. What I need to do to enable this ?


You'll need to add NGINX systemd service file in /lib/systemd/system/nginx.service.

For your own instance of Nginx (vs. the one provided by your distribution) /etc/systemd/system/nginx.service could be correct location. It also overrides /lib/systemd/system/nginx.service, when enabled with systemctl enable nginx.service (or reenable).

Description=The NGINX HTTP and reverse proxy server
After=syslog.target network.target remote-fs.target nss-lookup.target

ExecStartPre=/usr/local/sbin/nginx -t
ExecReload=/bin/kill -s HUP $MAINPID
ExecStop=/bin/kill -s QUIT $MAINPID


You may need to change the paths depending on where the Nginx you have compiled is located. Here, I assume it's in /usr/local/sbin/nginx.

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