Subject Firebird 3 on Kubuntu 16.04
Author Dalton Calford

Hey All,


Does anyone have the latest install guides for Firebird 3 on systemd  based Ubuntu systems?


I installed firebird, gave it the password but the install had output as follows


Created default security3.fdb

Failed to start firebird3.0-server.service: Unit firebird3.0-server.service not found.

Firebird 3.0 server not enabled or unable to start

Not setting SYSDBA password

Please run 'dpkg-reconfigure firebird3.0-server'


Tried dpkg-reconfigure, still no startup, so I tried systemctl status firebird3.0.service and I got the following in return


● firebird3.0.service - Firebird Database Server ( SuperServer )

   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/firebird3.0.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)

   Active: failed (Result: resources) since Tue 2016-05-31 09:49:39 EDT; 24s ago

  Process: 11352 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/fbguard -pidfile /var/run/firebird/ -daemon -forever (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)


systemd[1]: Starting Firebird Database Server ( SuperServer )...

firebird[11355]: Security database error

systemd[1]: firebird3.0.service: PID file /var/run/firebird/ not readable (yet?) after start: No such file or directory

systemd[1]: firebird3.0.service: Daemon never wrote its PID file. Failing.

systemd[1]: Failed to start Firebird Database Server ( SuperServer ).

systemd[1]: firebird3.0.service: Unit entered failed state.

systemd[1]: firebird3.0.service: Failed with result 'resources'.


From what I am reading, it appears firebird will not startup until the sysdba password is set, yet, the configuration tools won’t set the sysdba password until the server starts?


Does anyone have any indication about what I am doing wrong here?


Best regards



Dalton Calford / Senior Systems Database Administrator, Information Systems

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