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I downloaded the 2.2.7 stable binary for Ubuntu from the Parity website. I set it up as a service, using the standard files. I changed nothing. However when I did;

sudo systemctl start parity

It did not start and so I did;

sudo systemctl status parity
● parity.service - Parity Ethereum Daemon
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/parity.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: failed (Result: start-limit-hit) since Tue 2019-01-29 19:46:01 UTC; 3min 22s ago
  Process: 30492 ExecStart=/usr/bin/parity --config /etc/parity/config.toml (code=exited, status=203/EXEC)
 Main PID: 30492 (code=exited, status=203/EXEC)

Jan 29 19:46:01 ip-172-31-19-123 systemd[1]: parity.service: Service hold-off time over, scheduling restart.
Jan 29 19:46:01 ip-172-31-19-123 systemd[1]: Stopped Parity Ethereum Daemon.
Jan 29 19:46:01 ip-172-31-19-123 systemd[1]: parity.service: Start request repeated too quickly.
Jan 29 19:46:01 ip-172-31-19-123 systemd[1]: Failed to start Parity Ethereum Daemon.
Jan 29 19:46:01 ip-172-31-19-123 systemd[1]: parity.service: Unit entered failed state.
Jan 29 19:46:01 ip-172-31-19-123 systemd[1]: parity.service: Failed with result 'start-limit-hit'.

I thought perhaps it was already running, but that was not the case;

ubuntu@ip-172-31-19-123:~/Parity$ ps auxww | grep -i parity
ubuntu   30506  0.0  0.1  12944  1028 pts/0    S+   19:50   0:00 grep --color=auto -i parity

What does start-limit-hit mean?

I then ran it like this which worked fine. Probably I will just run it like this, and add the line to rc.local which is executed on startup - but I would like to know why the service did not work.

nohup ./parity --light >> parity.log &
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Process: 30492 ExecStart=/usr/bin/parity --config /etc/parity/config.toml (code=exited, status=203/EXEC)

I faced a similar issue and had to check parity.service in the git repo. here

The reason was Parity daemon was looking for config.toml file at non-existing path /etc/parity/.

Hope this helps.

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