modified apache2.service overwritten on package update without notification

Bug #1823724 reported by sven
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apache2 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description


On my system I modified the apache2.service from:

On 19/04/04 I updated my apache2 and the apache2.service was modified to:

without notification.

Is it possible to prevent this behavior in the future?

Thank you and kind Regards,



Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
Linux XXXX 4.15.0-45-generic #48-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jan 29 16:28:13 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Apache Version:
apache2/bionic-updates,bionic-security,now 2.4.29-1ubuntu4.6

File changed:

Flawless Upgrade

What happened:
apache2.service was modified without notification, hence changing the system behaviour.

Revision history for this message
Andreas Hasenack (ahasenack) wrote :

You shouldn't modify the /lib/systemd/service/apache2.service file directly, but use an override instead.

For example, you can do "sudo systemctl edit apache2.service" and add your modifications in the editor that will open. This will create an override file in /etc/systemd/system/ for apache2, and a package upgrade won't change that.

"Example 2" at actually mentions your case, of setting PrivateTmp

I'll mark this bug as invalid, but if you think that's not the case, feel free to reopen it with a comment and reasoning.

Changed in apache2 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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