I have a custom upstart job that triggers a series of services:


description "Auto-GateWay"
author      "g4gvideo@gmail.com"

emits gw-is-up
emits gw-is-down

start on (net-device-up or net-device-down)


if route | grep -q "default"; then
    initctl emit -n gw-is-up
    initctl emit -n gw-is-down

end script

This works works extremely well on laptops that frequently disconnect and connect from networks, or when they sleep & wakeup. It also works on my servers when the network changes.

I am trying to convert this simple upstart job to systemd. My first attempt is:


Description=Auto-Gateway service





while true; do

if route | grep "default"; then
    start some services (if not running)
    stop some services (if running)

sleep 30
done >/dev/null

I find this to be a poor substitute to the upstart version. I dislike the fixed timer, and hard coding the secondary services into auto-gateway.

Is there any way systemd can monitor netdev instead?


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  • have you found solution? – Kostanos Oct 18 '16 at 12:53
  • No. I am so disappointed in systemd - it is overly complicated and basically is systemV on steroids. Upstart is much easier and simpler to use. The only real way to do do this is to write custom scripts in /etc/network/if-up.d/ /etc/network/if-down.d/ and forget about using systemd. Canonical has made a poor desision to switch to systemd (in my opinion :). Note to developers: systemd is not suable for laptops and non-enterprise deployments! – C4g Video Nov 10 '16 at 21:15
  • You may try systemd-mailing list or upstart mailing list for help. – Khurshid Alam Jan 31 '17 at 15:13
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because user hasn't signed on in over 6 months and never responded to last comment after his last sign on also > 6 months old. This can be deemed "abandoned question" as per this rule: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/1843/… – WinEunuuchs2Unix Jul 2 '17 at 21:35