I have a systemd unit which failed, and I'm not sure what the result type is supposed to mean.

Active: failed (Result: resources) since Thu 2016-11-17 21:06:42 UTC; 32min ago

What does Result: resources mean? I'm familiar with Result: exit-code, but not this one.

  • You have run out of resources to start the application
    – tread
    Apr 9, 2017 at 18:21

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I agree that it is quite generic error message. Since I am not sure when you get this message I am sending you the necessary information so you can find it yourself but it can be the interpretation of errnos of system calls, ex ENOMEM.

Follow SERVICE_FAILURE_RESOURCES in https://github.com/systemd/systemd/blob/2e6dbc0fcd45c152f15aed77cde4fd07957c150c/src/core/service.c.

  • Thanks for this. I looked into the source and it seems that it's a generic failure message, which is definitely not helpful given that I didn't even get any journalctl messages... github.com/systemd/systemd/blob/… "a bit of a misnomer, just our catch-all error for errnos we didn't expect"
    – 2rs2ts
    Nov 18, 2016 at 19:54
  • Notice that before going in to this state, we always print out something to the syslogs where we should be printing something about the error code. Example, github.com/systemd/systemd/blob/…
    – Umut
    Nov 21, 2016 at 6:50

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