systemd-notify — Notify service manager about start-up completion and other daemon status changes
systemd-notify [OPTIONS...] [VARIABLE=VALUE...]
systemd-notify may be called by daemon scripts to notify the init system about status changes. It can be used to send arbitrary information, encoded in an environment-block-like list of strings. Most importantly it can be used for start-up completion notification.
This is mostly just a wrapper around
sd_notify() and makes this functionality
available to shell scripts. For details see
The command line may carry a list of environment variables to send as part of the status update.
Note that systemd will refuse reception of status updates
from this command unless
set for the service unit this command is called from.
The following options are understood:
Inform the init system about service start-up completion. This is equivalent to systemd-notify READY=1. For details about the semantics of this option see sd_notify(3).
Inform the init system about the main PID of the daemon. Takes a PID as argument. If the argument is omitted, the PID of the process that invoked systemd-notify is used. This is equivalent to systemd-notify MAINPID=$PID. For details about the semantics of this option see sd_notify(3).
Send a free-form status string for the daemon to the init systemd. This option takes the status string as argument. This is equivalent to systemd-notify STATUS=.... For details about the semantics of this option see sd_notify(3).
Returns 0 if the system was booted up with systemd, non-zero otherwise. If this option is passed, no message is sent. This option is hence unrelated to the other options. For details about the semantics of this option, see sd_booted(3).
On success, 0 is returned, a non-zero failure code otherwise.
Example 1. Start-up Notification and Status Updates
A simple shell daemon that sends start-up notifications after having set up its communication channel. During runtime it sends further status updates to the init system:
#!/bin/bash mkfifo /tmp/waldo systemd-notify --ready --status="Waiting for data..." while : ; do read a < /tmp/waldo systemd-notify --status="Processing $a" # Do something with $a ... systemd-notify --status="Waiting for data..." done