[LAU] systemd woes with jackd and its permissions (raspbian)

Jacek Konieczny jajcus at jajcus.net
Mon Jan 28 08:35:48 CET 2019

On 28/01/2019 01.12, Peter P. wrote:
> Now I try to start jackd automatically from a systemd service file
> created as /etc/systemd/system/jackd.service with the following
> contents:
> 	[Unit]
> 	Description=jackd
> 	After=sound.target
> 	[Service]
> 	User=peter
> 	ExecStart=/usr/bin/jackd -d alsa -r 44100 -P
> 	[Install]
> 	WantedBy=multi-user.target

> When I start that service it fails with errors in the journal:
> "JACK is running in realtime mode, but you are not allowed to use
> realtime scheduling."
> and
> "Please check your /etc/security/limits.conf for the following line"
> and so on. Messages that are not present when starting jackd as user
> from the command line.
> Now I am puzzled because I thought that it is enough to specify user
> "peter" in the systemd service.

When using systemd to start the service, use systemd directives to set
the limits. systemd won't start PAM session for this service, so
/etc/security/limits.conf is not used.

Try adding:


to the [Service] section of your jackd.service file.

See `man systemd.unit` fro more info on setting the limits in a service


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