Managing Services

Basic usage

To start, stop or restart a service:

# sv up service_name
# sv down service_name
# sv restart service_name

To get the current status of a service:

# sv status service_name

To get the current status of all enabled services:

# sv status /var/service/*

Enabling services

Void Linux provides service directories for most daemons in /etc/sv/. To enable a service, create a symlink to the service directory in /var/service:

# ln -s /etc/sv/service_name /var/service/

This will automatically start the service. Once a service is linked it will always start on boot and restart if it stops, unless administratively downed.

To prevent a service from starting at boot while allowing runit to manage it, create a file named 'down' in its service directory:

# touch /etc/sv/service_name/down

Disabling services

To disable a service, remove the symlink to its service directory from /var/service:

# rm /var/service/service_name


The runit-void package currently supports two runlevels: single and default.

  • single just runs sulogin(8) and the necessary steps to rescue your system.
  • default, the default run level, runs all services linked in /var/service/.

Void runit directories

  • /var/service: always linked to the currently active runlevel. All entries in /var/service are considered 'active' services (and by default, are started upon linking).
  • /etc/sv: contains subdirectories for available services (usually added by XBPS).
  • /etc/runit/runsvdir: contains all available runlevels.