Bug#985975: systemd: Setting swap using swap.target impossible

Michael Biebl biebl at debian.org
Sat Mar 27 09:46:28 GMT 2021

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Hello Chris

Am 27.03.21 um 09:07 schrieb Chris Jackson:

> Attempting to create a .swap file in
> /etc/systemd/system/swap.target.wants/ yields the following warning when
> attempting `systemctl restart swap.target`
> swap.target: Wants dependency dropin
> /etc/systemd/system/swap.target.wants/swapfile.swap is not a symlink,
> ignoring.
> Creating a symlink to a .swap file located in /usr/local/lib/systemd
> yields the following:
> /etc/systemd/system/swap.target.wants/./swapfile.swap: symlinks are not
> allowed for units of this type, rejecting.
> Can't use a symlink, can't use a non-symlink eiter.

/usr/local/lib/systemd is not in systemd's search path for units (see 
"systemd-analyze unit-paths").

Please place the file either in /etc/systemd/system/ or
/usr/local/lib/systemd/system/. The former is probably a bit more 
suitable for local configuration like this.

Then create the symlink in /etc/systemd/system/swap.target.wants/

Please report back if that fixes your issue.


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