Is there a way of restarting all instances of a service in systemd using only one command?

Suppose we have two daemons running called thingd@01 and thingd@02. Can I restart just those without having to resort to making one call to systemctl per instance?


You should be able to restart both of them with one systemctl, just put a space between the services. E.g. systemctl restart thingd@01 thingd@02

I usually stop all major services before cloning an instance after it has been removed from a load balanced pool. I use the following:

# stop php-fpm, MariaDB, nginx and postfix

systemctl stop php-fpm nginx postfix mariadb

# check status after they have been stopped

systemctl status php-fpm nginx postfix mariadb

# start all of them again

systemctl start php-fpm nginx postfix mariadb
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    That works! also... systemctl restart thing@{1..8} seems to work with it. Thank you @mstephenson. Apr 4 '16 at 22:02
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    – Sufian
    Jul 19 '19 at 10:39
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    For stop or restart also possible systemctl stop 'thing*'. Also systemd target could be used to group multiple instances.
    – dess
    Jan 14 '20 at 22:04

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