I have a service on my Raspberry Pi which runs a bash file on boot. I recently updated the bash file (run.sh) but the service is not reflecting the update.

So far I have tried:

  • sudo systemctl disable/enable garden-zero.service

  • sudo systemtl stop/start garden-zero.service

  • sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Nothing has worked. The service is still not running the environment.py script I added.

Bash File (run.sh)


# Sensors
/home/pi/apps/garden-zero/sensors/environment.py &
/home/pi/apps/garden-zero/sensors/soil-temperature.py &
/home/pi/apps/garden-zero/sensors/soil-moisture.py &

# Metrics
/home/pi/apps/garden-zero/metrics/heartbeat.py &

Service Config

Description=Garden Zero



Output when status is run

 garden-zero.service - Garden Zero
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/garden-zero.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Thu 2021-06-03 02:40:11 BST; 1h 23min ago
    Tasks: 7 (limit: 725)
   CGroup: /system.slice/garden-zero.service
           ├─406 python3 /home/pi/apps/garden-zero/sensors/soil-temperature.py
           ├─407 python3 /home/pi/apps/garden-zero/sensors/soil-moisture.py
           └─408 python3 /home/pi/apps/garden-zero/metrics/heartbeat.py

Jun 03 02:40:11 raspberrypi systemd[1]: Starting Garden Zero...
Jun 03 02:40:11 raspberrypi systemd[1]: Started Garden Zero.

I would expect to see /home/pi/apps/garden-zero/sensors/environment.py listed but its not
  • You should include some kind of logging in your code if you are running it in the background otherwise everything that happens with it will remain a mystery to you.
    – goldilocks
    Commented Jun 3, 2021 at 16:52

1 Answer 1


The systemd WorkingDirectory= setting defines on which directory the service will be launched, same as when you use cd to change a directory when you're working in the shell.

That doesn't mean that all the other paths (including that from ExecStart=) will now be relative to it, so you still need to fully specify the path to your script in that directive:


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