I want to change it to copy, rather than move.

OK, some googlefu suggests it's in this service raspberrypi-net-mods.service


An idea how to locate this once installed?

Stretch Lite 2019-04-08

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As Dirk and Ghanima stated in their answers, the service may be overwritten by future updates/upgrades of the system. But systemd has a mechanism to avoid this. You can use a drop in file. An update/upgrade will only modify the main service. The drop in file is not effected by it and will also modify the updated main service. You can simply create a drop in file with:

rpi ~$ sudo systemctl edit raspberrypi-net-mods.service

In the empty editor insert these statements, save them and quit the editor:

ExecStart=/bin/cp /boot/wpa_supplicant.conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

The first empty ExecStart= is important. It will suppress the original ExecStart in the main service.

Check the source of the whole service with:

rpi ~$ systemctl cat raspberrypi-net-mods.service

You will find the drop in at the end.


It's a service. In this case it's raspberrypi-net-mods.service.

systemctl status raspberrypi-net-mods.service will give status, including full path of the service file. systemctl cat raspberrypi-net-mods.service will show path and contents.

Be aware that an update/upgrade could modify the service file in the future.


As Dirk's answer pointed out the raspberrypi-net-mods.service is responsible for relocating wpa_supplicant.conf. It is located in /etc/systemd/multi-user-target.wants/.

This is the actual code (see here):

ExecStart=/bin/mv /boot/wpa_supplicant.conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
ExecStartPost=/bin/chmod 600 /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

You could change that mv to cp and the script would do what you want. However, as Dirk's answer already pointed out, any future updates/upgrades of the system might overwrite that file. See Ingo's answer how to avoid that.

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