Unable to start Linux mount service with systemd

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

Can't manage to have a working mount service in Linux Mint.

Run the command 'rclone version' and share the full output of the command.

rclone v1.62.2

  • os/version: linuxmint 21.1 (64 bit)
  • os/kernel: 5.15.0-69-generic (x86_64)
  • os/type: linux
  • os/arch: amd64
  • go/version: go1.20.2
  • go/linking: static
  • go/tags: none

Which cloud storage system are you using? (eg Google Drive)

Google Drive

The command you were trying to run (eg rclone copy /tmp remote:tmp)

Description=RClone Service

ExecStart=/usr/bin/rclone mount gdrive: /home/ashlar/gdrive \
--allow-other \
--dir-cache-time 5000h \
--log-file /home/ashlar/.Logs/rclone.log \
--log-level NOTICE \
--poll-interval 10s \
--umask 002 \
--user-agent AppName \
--cache-dir=/home/ashlar/.rCache \
--drive-pacer-min-sleep 10ms \
--drive-pacer-burst 200 \
--vfs-cache-mode full \
--vfs-cache-max-size 100G \
--vfs-cache-max-age 5000h \
--vfs-cache-poll-interval 5m \
ExecStop=/bin/fusermount -uz /gdrive
# ExecStartPost=/usr/bin/rclone rc vfs/refresh recursive=true --url _async=true


Don't paste configuration as it works perfectly from CLI. Configuration is not the problem.

A log from the command with the -vv flag

  rclone mount remote:path /path/to/mountpoint [flags]

      --allow-non-empty                        Allow mounting over a non-empty directory (not supported on Windows)
      --allow-other                            Allow access to other users (not supported on Windows)
      --allow-root                             Allow access to root user (not supported on Windows)
      --async-read                             Use asynchronous reads (not supported on Windows) (default true)
      --attr-timeout Duration                  Time for which file/directory attributes are cached (default 1s)
      --daemon                                 Run mount in background and exit parent process (as background output is suppressed, use --log-file with --log-format=pid,... to monitor) (not supported on Windows)
      --daemon-timeout Duration                Time limit for rclone to respond to kernel (not supported on Windows) (default 0s)
      --daemon-wait Duration                   Time to wait for ready mount from daemon (maximum time on Linux, constant sleep time on OSX/BSD) (not supported on Windows) (default 1m0s)
      --debug-fuse                             Debug the FUSE internals - needs -v
      --default-permissions                    Makes kernel enforce access control based on the file mode (not supported on Windows)
      --devname string                         Set the device name - default is remote:path
      --dir-cache-time Duration                Time to cache directory entries for (default 5m0s)
      --dir-perms FileMode                     Directory permissions (default 0777)
      --file-perms FileMode                    File permissions (default 0666)
      --fuse-flag stringArray                  Flags or arguments to be passed direct to libfuse/WinFsp (repeat if required)
      --gid uint32                             Override the gid field set by the filesystem (not supported on Windows) (default 4)
  -h, --help                                   help for mount
      --max-read-ahead SizeSuffix              The number of bytes that can be prefetched for sequential reads (not supported on Windows) (default 128Ki)
      --network-mode                           Mount as remote network drive, instead of fixed disk drive (supported on Windows only)
      --no-checksum                            Don't compare checksums on up/download
      --no-modtime                             Don't read/write the modification time (can speed things up)
      --no-seek                                Don't allow seeking in files
      --noappledouble                          Ignore Apple Double (._) and .DS_Store files (supported on OSX only) (default true)
      --noapplexattr                           Ignore all "com.apple.*" extended attributes (supported on OSX only)
  -o, --option stringArray                     Option for libfuse/WinFsp (repeat if required)
      --poll-interval Duration                 Time to wait between polling for changes, must be smaller than dir-cache-time and only on supported remotes (set 0 to disable) (default 1m0s)
      --read-only                              Only allow read-only access
      --uid uint32                             Override the uid field set by the filesystem (not supported on Windows) (default 1000)
      --umask int                              Override the permission bits set by the filesystem (not supported on Windows) (default 18)
      --vfs-cache-max-age Duration             Max age of objects in the cache (default 1h0m0s)
      --vfs-cache-max-size SizeSuffix          Max total size of objects in the cache (default off)
      --vfs-cache-mode CacheMode               Cache mode off|minimal|writes|full (default off)
      --vfs-cache-poll-interval Duration       Interval to poll the cache for stale objects (default 1m0s)
      --vfs-case-insensitive                   If a file name not found, find a case insensitive match
      --vfs-disk-space-total-size SizeSuffix   Specify the total space of disk (default off)
      --vfs-fast-fingerprint                   Use fast (less accurate) fingerprints for change detection
      --vfs-read-ahead SizeSuffix              Extra read ahead over --buffer-size when using cache-mode full
      --vfs-read-chunk-size SizeSuffix         Read the source objects in chunks (default 128Mi)
      --vfs-read-chunk-size-limit SizeSuffix   If greater than --vfs-read-chunk-size, double the chunk size after each chunk read, until the limit is reached ('off' is unlimited) (default off)
      --vfs-read-wait Duration                 Time to wait for in-sequence read before seeking (default 20ms)
      --vfs-used-is-size rclone size           Use the rclone size algorithm for Used size
      --vfs-write-back Duration                Time to writeback files after last use when using cache (default 5s)
      --vfs-write-wait Duration                Time to wait for in-sequence write before giving error (default 1s)
      --volname string                         Set the volume name (supported on Windows and OSX only)
      --write-back-cache                       Makes kernel buffer writes before sending them to rclone (without this, writethrough caching is used) (not supported on Windows)

Use "rclone [command] --help" for more information about a command.
Use "rclone help flags" for to see the global flags.
Use "rclone help backends" for a list of supported services.
Command mount needs 2 arguments maximum: you provided 3 non flag arguments: ["gdrive:" "/home/gorman/gdrive" "Restart=on-failure"]

The fact it sees Restart=on-failure as part of the rclone command is suspicious but I don't see any trailing spaces or anything...

a simple rclone mount gdrive: /home/ashlar/gdrive, with the same arguments works just fine. But I want it as a service...


try --vfs-cache-poll-interval 5m

the last line of ExecStart cannot have a trailing slash \

the reason i know that, having learned from Animosity022.
check out his systemd+gdrive systemd service file.

perhaps, the mountpoints do not match?

the mountpoint is /home/ashlar/gdrive

the mountpoint is /gdrive

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Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Both the trailing slash for the last argument and the proper mountpoint for ExecStop were needed to fix things.

Let's hope this is solved for good. I just need to understand what to do to have the service start at boot.

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