Before systemd, my /etc/init.d/referee script would start/stop/restart a service without issue. Converting to systemd, which calls the same init.d script, the service starts without an error and then is somehow promptly called again with a stop.

When I run the service manually, the service starts and continues without issue. When started manually, the "systemctl status referee" shows the service as active (running)

I've have Type=forking. Is there another setting I need?

My system:

Distributor ID: CentOS
Description:    CentOS Linux release 7.1.1503 (Core) 
Release:    7.1.1503
Codename:   Core

A /etc/systemd/system referee.service file:

Description=keeper service

ExecStart=/usr/local/keeper/initscripts/referee start
ExecReload=/usr/local/keeper/initscripts/referee restart
ExecStop=/usr/local/keeper/initscripts/referee stop
# restart automagically after a reboot

  • For others experiencing a similar problem - I found that I had the wrong user. Running the script as root fixed the problem.
    – sscirrus
    Dec 2, 2017 at 1:13

1 Answer 1


It seems the Type=forking was causing the restarts. A better way was to remove the Type and use PIDFile= instead.

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