Is there an easy way to ensure that bitcoind restarts on system reboot? I tried placing the systemd service file in /etc/systemd/system but that didn't seem to work... thanks in advance

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    Try askubuntu.com if you're facing issues with the systemd script, it's not bitcoin specific, and those guys are a lot better at the whole linux side of things – Raghav Sood Aug 9 '18 at 21:08

After putting the systemd file in /etc/systemd/system, make sure that your systemd file is set up to work with your installation (binary path, datadir path, etc. are correct). Then run sudo systemctl enable bitcoind.

Alternatively you can do edit your crontab with crontab -e and add the line

@reboot bitcoind

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