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Aerospike systemd Daemon Management

On certain Linux distributions based on systemd (currently the Red Hat EL7-based family, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, CentOS 7, Fedora 15+, Debian 8+, and Ubuntu 18.04+/20.04+), the Aerospike daemon and server logs are managed using the standard systemd tools, systemctl and journalctl, rather than via the Aerospike SysV init script.


Debian 8 is removed in Server 6.0. Debian 11 is introduced in Server 6.0.

The Aerospike daemon can be controlled using systemctl, which supports the following commands:

  • start
  • status
  • restart
  • stop

Start Aerospike Server

For Aerospike Enterprise, start instructs the server to Fast Restart, if running Aerospike Community or running a namespace that isn't supported this command behaves the same as doing a Cold Start.


For more information regarding restart modes, see Restart Modes.

To start the Aerospike database service:

systemctl start aerospike

Coldstart Aerospike Server

For a discussion of the effects and other aspects of cold starts, see Cold Start.

For Aerospike Enterprise, a cold start forces the server to rebuild the in-memory index by scanning the persisted records. This may take a significant amount of time depending on the size of the data. For Aerospike Community this is the same behavior as start.

Since systemctl does not support application-specific commands, the script asd-coldstart is available for this purpose:


Get Running Status of Aerospike Server

To determine if the Aerospike daemon is currently running, use the status command:

systemctl status aerospike

The status command doesn't inform you when the service port is ready, instead use the STATUS info command which will return "OK" when ready:

asinfo -v STATUS

Restart Aerospike Server

The restart command is equivalent to running stop followed by start:

systemctl restart aerospike

For a discussion of the effects and other aspects of cold starts, see Cold Start.

Stop Aerospike Server

To shut down the Aerospike Server use the stop command:

systemctl stop aerospike

Aerospike flushes the data in the buffers to the disk (if data is configured to be persisted on device) when Aerospike is stopped gracefully. However, in other situations (unexpected loss of power, process crash), the data present in the buffer may not make it to the device. Single node crashes with a replication-factor of 2 will not cause any data loss, though. For multiple nodes crashing simultaneously, different configurations can be used to avoid any data loss, including, for example, rack aware and commit-to-device (available on strong-consistency namespaces in versions 4.0 and above).

Managing Server Logs under systemd

Under systemd, the journald is the standard facility for managing logs for all Linux daemon processes uniformly. A "structured, indexed centralized journals" is supposed to be better than the old fashioned way of text-based log files.

The Aerospike log can be accessed via the journalctl command.

journalctl -u aerospike -a -o cat -f
  • The -a option ensures nothing is suppressed from the Aerospike log messages, even if some lines are very long.
  • The -o cat option presents the raw Aerospike log without prepending the journal's timestamp and other metadata to each line.
  • The -f option will "follow" the log as it is generated.

When running under systemd, it is still possible to direct the Aerospike Server to create (and rotate) log files. For more information on managing Aerospike Server log files, please see Log Files.

Using asloglatency under systemd

To use the asloglatency tool under systemd, first extract the desired portion of the log into a temporary file using journalctl, e.g.:

journalctl -u aerospike -a -o cat --since "2016-03-17" --until "2016-03-18" | grep GMT > /tmp/aerospike.20160317.log

then run asloglatency on the extracted log file, e.g.:

asloglatency -h writes_master -f head -l /tmp/aerospike.20160317.log

Changing user and group under systemd


If upgrading to Aerospike Server or newer, the modifications to /etc/systemd/system/aerospike.service.d/user.conf step below should not be configured.

For RHEL 7, Ubuntu 18.04+/20.04+, Debian 8+ (distributions based on systemd) running versions prior to, the following additional steps are required (besides the steps described on the configuring as non root page):

cat > /etc/systemd/system/aerospike.service.d/user.conf <<EOF

Refer to this Knowledge-Base article: article for further details.