systemd.slice man page

systemd.slice — Slice unit configuration




A unit configuration file whose name ends in ".slice" encodes information about a slice which is a concept for hierarchically managing resources of a group of processes. This management is performed by creating a node in the Linux Control Group (cgroup) tree. Units that manage processes (primarily scope and service units) may be assigned to a specific slice. For each slice, certain resource limits may be set that apply to all processes of all units contained in that slice. Slices are organized hierarchically in a tree. The name of the slice encodes the location in the tree. The name consists of a dash-separated series of names, which describes the path to the slice from the root slice. The root slice is named, -.slice. Example: foo-bar.slice is a slice that is located within foo.slice, which in turn is located in the root slice -.slice.

Note that slice units cannot be templated, nor is possible to add multiple names to a slice unit by creating additional symlinks to it.

By default, service and scope units are placed in system.slice, virtual machines and containers registered with systemd-machined(1) are found in machine.slice, and user sessions handled by systemd-logind(1) in user.slice. See systemd.special(5) for more information.

See systemd.unit(5) for the common options of all unit configuration files. The common configuration items are configured in the generic [Unit] and [Install] sections. The slice specific configuration options are configured in the [Slice] section. Currently, only generic resource control settings as described in systemd.resource-control(5) are allowed.

See the New Control Group Interfaces[1] for an introduction on how to make use of slice units from programs.

Automatic Dependencies

Slice units automatically gain dependencies of type After= and Requires= on their immediate parent slice unit.

Unless DefaultDependencies=false is used in the "[Unit]" section, slice units will implicitly have dependencies of type Conflicts= and Before= on These ensure that slice units are removed prior to system shutdown. Only slice units involved with early boot or late system shutdown should disable this option.

See Also

systemd(1), systemd.unit(5), systemd.resource-control(5), systemd.service(5), systemd.scope(5), systemd.special(7), systemd.directives(7)



New Control Group Interfaces

Referenced By

pam_systemd(8), sd_bus_creds_get_pid(3), sd_pid_get_session(3), systemd(1), systemd.directives(7), systemd.index(7), systemd-nspawn(1), systemd.resource-control(5), systemd-run(1), systemd.service(5), systemd.special(7), systemd.unit(5).

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