Re: Making a recipe that enables a systemd service it doesn't provide

Quentin Schulz

Hi François,

On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 02:17:03PM +0000, François GOUDAL wrote:

I am struggling with something I couldn’t find any solution for so far.

I am trying to make a very simple recipe that does this:
- Drop an openvpn configuration file in /etc/openvpn/test.conf
- Make the systemd service openvpn@... enabled by default

The recipe itself depends on openvpn, and so, it doesn’t, by itself, provide the openvpn@.service , which comes with openvpn.

Dropping the openvpn configuration file in the rootfs is easy, but I can’t manage to make the recipe to enable the service.
I’ve tried adding this to my recipe:

inherit systemd
SYSTEMD_SERVICE_${PN} = "openvpn@..."

But bitbake fails on this recipe with the message below:

ERROR: test-openvpn-config-1.0-r0 do_package: SYSTEMD_SERVICE_test-openvpn-config value openvpn@... does not exist

I believe this is caused by the fact that the service file is not part of the files installed by the recipe itself, but it is not meant to be anyway.
Yes that seems like the origin of the error.

Recipe data is local to the recipe. You therefore also cannot modify the
openvpn recipe from another recipe (this includes enabling a service for

The proper way to do it is to create a bbappend for the openvpn recipe
and enable the service from there. SYSTEMD_AUTO_ENABLE = "enable" should
be enough, though it'll start the loopback client and server unit too.

It is not possible to have different image recipes enable or not the
service, if this is something you want, you need to modify
SYSTEMD_AUTO_ENABLE of the openvpn recipe in a configuration file (and
the proper way is in a distro configuration file).


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