The error “Failed to Stop Unit: Unit Foo.service not Loaded” can be a very frustrating issue to come across when using a Debian server. It usually indicates that the server has encountered an issue with the way it is loading services into memory, or it could mean that it is unable to find the service that it is looking for. It is important to try and solve this issue as soon as possible to keep your server running smoothly. In this blog post, I will offer some tips on how to resolve this error on a Debian server, and explain the issue in detail.
Basic Troubleshooting for Failed to Stop Unit
The first step is to try and identify the service in question that is causing the error. This can usually be done by running the command
systemctl status foo.service. This will give you more information about the service, and any errors that it is encountering. Once you have identified the service, you can then try to restart it. This can be done by running the command
systemctl restart foo.service. If the service fails to restart, it may indicate a deeper issue, and you may need to investigate further.
Using “Touch” to Resolve Failed to Stop Unit
If the basic troubleshooting steps do not work, one thing you can try is to use
touch to resolve the issue. “Touch” is a Linux command that tells the server to check for the presence of a file or directory and act accordingly. We can use it here to tell the server to try and look for a specific service, and if it is not found, it can try and restart the service.
To do this, you can run the command
touch /etc/systemd/system/foo.service. This will create an empty file with the name of the service, and tell the server to look for the service in the directory specified. If it is not found, the server will try and restart the service. If this works, you can now safely delete the file by running the command
In this blog post, I have discussed the issue of “Failed to Stop Unit: Unit Foo.service not Loaded” on a Debian server, and how to use “touch” to resolve it. I hope that this information has been helpful in solving this potentially frustrating issue.