we were running filebeat 5.6.8 on an Ubuntu 14.04 machine until recently. After a release upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 via do-release-upgrade, the filebeat service is not starting on system startup any longer.
service filebeat status only says it inactive (dead). The logs show nothing. It is possible to start the service just fine with
service filebeat start. However, since that machine is being shut down and started automatically, the service start at boot is required.
your problem is [probably] not related to filebeat...
systemctl enable --now filebeat.service and post the result
Indeed it was not. The problem was that Ubuntu 16 does not use the init.d Scripts any longer.
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