Install the HRM daemon as a systemd service

If your Linux distribution is using the systemd init system, we recommend to not using the “classical” init script (described in Install the HRM daemon on System-V-like init systems). Instead, we are providing a unit file that can be used with systemd directly.


Please make sure to only follow EITHER the instructions given in this chapter here for installing the daemon on systemd based systems, OR the ones for System-V/upstart, but NEVER BOTH.

If unsure, or in case of problems with systemd, use the instructions for System-V!

Change the default configuration in the unit file

By default, the unit file is to configured to run as the hrm user and to depend on mysql.service. If needed, you can change those values before you proceed with the installation.

Description=HRM (Huygens Remote Manager) Queue Manager Service
# For both 'Requires=' and 'After=', please set one of mysql.service,
# mariadb.service (fork of mysql), postgresql.service.

# If needed, change 'User=' and 'Group=' to point to the correct values.
ExecStart=/var/www/html/hrm/bin/hrm_queuemanager --detach


Please change the values of Requires=, After= to point to the correct database you are using for HRM (one of mariadb.service, mysql.service, postgresql.service) and User= and Group= if you are planning to run the Queue Manager as a different user (please see also set-up-the-hrm-user-and-group).

Install the unit file

To launch the HRM daemon as a systemd service, the unit file has to be copied into /etc/systemd/system/ and systemd has to be notified of the new unit. This is done with these commands:

sudo cp -v $HRM_RESRC/systemd/hrmd.service /etc/systemd/system/
sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Start / stop the daemon at boot / shutdown

To tell systemd to start the service at boot and stop it during shutdown, use this command:

sudo systemctl enable hrmd.service

Start / stop / check the HRM daemon manually

To start the daemon manually, type in a shell:

sudo systemctl start hrmd.service

Note that in case of a successful start, there will be no output. If the daemon did not start correctly, systemd will produce a number of output lines telling you about how to debug the problem.

To check if the queue manager daemon is running, use the status command.

sudo systemctl status hrmd.service

In case the service is operational, it will show a message like this:

* hrmd.service - HRM (Huygens Remote Manager) Queue Manager Service
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/hrmd.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Thu 2016-02-11 15:05:22 CET; 18ms ago
  Process: 7782 ExecStart=/var/www/html/hrm/bin/hrm_queuemanager --detach (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 7785 (hrm_queuemanage)
   CGroup: /system.slice/hrmd.service
           |-7785 /bin/bash /var/www/html/hrm/bin/hrm_queuemanager
           |-7791 php -q /var/www/html/hrm/run/runHuygensRemoteManager.php
           `-7792 sleep 1

The queue manager can be started, stopped and restarted by using:

sudo systemctl start hrmd.service
sudo systemctl stop hrmd.service
sudo systemctl restart hrmd.service