Fixing “System has not been booted with systemd as init system” Error

So you are following some tutorial on the internet and you used systemd command like sudo systemctl start. .

To your surprise the command results in an error like this.

The reason is that you are trying to use systemd command to manage services on Linux but your system doesnt use systemd and most likely using the classic SysV init sysvinit system.

But how is that possible You are using Ubuntu and the tutorial is also for the same version of Ubuntu. How come is it not working for you.

If you are using Ubuntu inside Windows using WSL you will have SysV instead of systemd and your system will complain when you run the systemctl command intended for Linux systems with systemd init system.

How to know which init system you are using You may use this command to know the process name associated with PID 1 the first process that runs on your system.


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