Problem with systemctl --root= option in RHEL/CentOS 7


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Jan 17, 2019
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It is my understanding that --root= option in systemctl command is used to explicitly specify an alternate root path to find the service unit files.

On RHEL/CentOS 7, the following error occurs when attempting to use the above mentioned systemctl option:

[root@server-02 system]# systemctl --root=/myservices/mds start xyz.service
Failed to get D-Bus connection: Operation not permitted

The above command is run as root.

So, the idea behind the above command is that I am telling systemctl to find the service called xyz.service in the path /myservices/mds, as opposed to the default search paths like /etc/systemd/system or /run/systemd/system

Any idea why this is not working? If --root is not going to work, is there any other way to specify a custom search path?

Would really appreciate the help.
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G'day @imperilaguy and welcome to :)

CentOS is not in my repertoire, but there are others here whom can likely assist.

A question, though - when you are Root, sudo is not required, have you tried it without?

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