I used sudo systemctl edit name.service to edit a service, now I no longer need these modifications and I wish to restore it to its default setting.

How can I restore it?

I'm running Ubuntu 16.04.


If you're running a version of systemd higher than of "229", then you can simply use:

systemctl revert name.service

From github commit:

This allows dropping all user configuration and reverting back to the vendor default of a unit file.

  • It basically undoes what:
    • "systemctl edit"
    • "systemctl set-property" and
    • "systemctl mask" do.

Ubuntu 16.04 uses "systemd version 229", so you should remove override file manually:

sudo rm -r /etc/systemd/system/name.service.d

Then reload systemd daemon and restart your service:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl restart name.service

Remember that if you used --full with edit subcommand to copy the original unit instead of creating a drop-in file, then you should remove /etc/systemd/system/name.service instead of the directory.


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