Module for the management of upstart systems. The Upstart system only supports service starting, stopping and restarting.


If you feel that Salt should be using this module to manage services on a minion, and it is using a different module (or gives an error similar to 'service.start' is not available), see here.

Currently (as of Ubuntu 12.04) there is no tool available to disable Upstart services (like update-rc.d). This[1] is the recommended way to disable an Upstart service. So we assume that all Upstart services that have not been disabled in this manner are enabled.

But this is broken because we do not check to see that the dependent services are enabled. Otherwise we would have to do something like parse the output of "initctl show-config" to determine if all service dependencies are enabled to start on boot. For example, see the "start on" condition for the lightdm service below[2]. And this would be too hard. So we wait until the upstart developers have solved this problem. :) This is to say that an Upstart service that is enabled may not really be enabled.

Also, when an Upstart service is enabled, should the dependent services be enabled too? Probably not. But there should be a notice about this, at least.

[1] http://upstart.ubuntu.com/cookbook/#disabling-a-job-from-automatically-starting

[2] example upstart configuration file:

emits login-session-start
emits desktop-session-start
emits desktop-shutdown
start on ((((filesystem and runlevel [!06]) and started dbus) and (drm-device-added card0 PRIMARY_DEVICE_FOR_DISPLAY=1 or stopped udev-fallback-graphics)) or runlevel PREVLEVEL=S)
stop on runlevel [016]


This module should not be used on Red Hat systems. For these, the rh_service module should be used, as it supports the hybrid upstart/sysvinit system used in RHEL/CentOS 6.


Returns True if the specified service is available, otherwise returns False.

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.available sshd

salt.modules.upstart_service.disable(name, **kwargs)

Disable the named service from starting on boot

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.disable <service name>


Check to see if the named service is disabled to start on boot

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.disabled <service name>

salt.modules.upstart_service.enable(name, **kwargs)

Enable the named service to start at boot

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.enable <service name>

salt.modules.upstart_service.enabled(name, **kwargs)

Check to see if the named service is enabled to start on boot

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.enabled <service name>


Force-reload the named service

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.force_reload <service name>


Do a full restart (stop/start) of the named service

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.full_restart <service name>


Return all installed services

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.get_all


Return the disabled services

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.get_disabled


Return the enabled services

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.get_enabled


The inverse of service.available. Returns True if the specified service is not available, otherwise returns False.

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.missing sshd


Reload the named service

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.reload <service name>


Restart the named service

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.restart <service name>


Start the specified service

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.start <service name>

salt.modules.upstart_service.status(name, sig=None)

Return the status for a service. If the name contains globbing, a dict mapping service name to True/False values is returned.

Changed in version 2018.3.0: The service name can now be a glob (e.g. salt*)

  • name (str) -- The name of the service to check
  • sig (str) -- Signature to use to find the service via ps

True if running, False otherwise dict: Maps service name to True if running, False otherwise

Return type:


CLI Example:

salt '*' service.status <service name> [service signature]


Stop the specified service

CLI Example:

salt '*' service.stop <service name>

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