snap stop --disable svc with timer doesn't disable the timer

Bug #1842258 reported by Ian Johnson
This bug affects 6 people
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Bug Description

With a service/daemon in a snap declared with a timer, `snap stop --disable` does not prevent future starts from the timer. To reproduce:
1. Install a snap with a timer service run every minute, with the service just sleeping for 30 seconds
2. Run `snap stop --disable $SNAP.$SVC`
3. Observe the service is still active with `systemctl status snap.$SNAP.$SVC.timer` (the state will be "active (waiting)"

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Ian Johnson (anonymouse67) wrote :

As a consequence of this, `snap services $SNAP.$SVC` reports that the service is "disabled" after running `snap stop --disable` even though the timer is not disabled

Changed in snapd:
status: New → Triaged
Changed in snapd:
assignee: nobody → Ian Johnson (anonymouse67)
Changed in snapd:
importance: Undecided → Medium
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Robie Basak (racb) wrote :

This bug is stopping certbot snap users from disabling the auto-renew timer for the purposes of arranging their own automation around updating services with renewed certificates. Details at

Any chance this could be looked at please?

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Paweł Stołowski (stolowski) wrote :

Yes, we will look into this (and see if this is still the case) now that the service handling has undergone major refactoring (in master only, will be released with 2.49).

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Philipp Schneider (p-schneider) wrote :

It is still the case in Version 2.49, so it looks like the major refactor did not solve this issue.

Changed in snapd:
assignee: Ian Johnson (anonymouse67) → nobody
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Tom Boutell (tboutell) wrote :

Just figured out this is my problem as well. Having this happen automatically with no way of disabling it is kind of a lot, but I absolutely appreciate the volunteer / nonprofit effort that goes into this.

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