NAME¶systemd.kill - Process killing procedure configuration
SYNOPSIS¶service.service, socket.socket, mount.mount, swap.swap, scope.scope
DESCRIPTION¶Unit configuration files for services, sockets, mount points, swap devices and scopes share a subset of configuration options which define the killing procedure of processes belonging to the unit.
This man page lists the configuration options shared by these five unit types. See systemd.unit(5) for the common options shared by all unit configuration files, and systemd.service(5), systemd.socket(5), systemd.swap(5), systemd.mount(5) and systemd.scope(5) for more information on the configuration file options specific to each unit type.
The kill procedure configuration options are configured in the [Service], [Socket], [Mount] or [Swap] section, depending on the unit type.
If set to control-group, all remaining processes in the control group of this unit will be killed on unit stop (for services: after the stop command is executed, as configured with ExecStop=). If set to mixed, the SIGTERM signal (see below) is sent to the main process while the subsequent SIGKILL signal (see below) is sent to all remaining processes of the unit's control group. If set to process, only the main process itself is killed (not recommended!). If set to none, no process is killed (strongly recommended against!). In this case, only the stop command will be executed on unit stop, but no process will be killed otherwise. Processes remaining alive after stop are left in their control group and the control group continues to exist after stop unless empty.
Note that it is not recommended to set KillMode= to process or even none, as this allows processes to escape the service manager's lifecycle and resource management, and to remain running even while their service is considered stopped and is assumed to not consume any resources.
Processes will first be terminated via SIGTERM (unless the signal to send is changed via KillSignal= or RestartKillSignal=). Optionally, this is immediately followed by a SIGHUP (if enabled with SendSIGHUP=). If processes still remain after the main process of a unit has exited or the delay configured via the TimeoutStopSec= has passed, the termination request is repeated with the SIGKILL signal or the signal specified via FinalKillSignal= (unless this is disabled via the SendSIGKILL= option). See kill(2) for more information.
Defaults to control-group.
Note that, right after sending the signal specified in this setting, systemd will always send SIGCONT, to ensure that even suspended tasks can be terminated cleanly.
SEE ALSO¶systemd(1), systemctl(1), journalctl(1), systemd.unit(5), systemd.service(5), systemd.socket(5), systemd.swap(5), systemd.mount(5), systemd.exec(5), systemd.directives(7), kill(2), signal(7)