[systemd-devel] Make journalctl start at the end of the journal by default

Ronny Chevalier chevalier.ronny at gmail.com
Mon Aug 18 05:08:02 PDT 2014

2014-08-18 13:46 GMT+02:00 Philippe De Swert <philippedeswert at gmail.com>:
> Hi,

> Having to often use journalctl it has slowly driven me insane with the
> default options not matching common use cases.
> Attached is already a patch to start the journal at the end. Usually people
> check the logs when something went wrong, and don't care about what happened
> three weeks ago at the beginning of the log. Yes you can press the "end" key
> to skip to the end but in some cases that freezes up the console for over a
> minute.
There is the --reverse or -r option to show the newest entries first,
is this what you are looking for ?

> Other gripes are --no-pager... way too long to type on a virtual keyboard
> when you are trying to use the logs old style with common unix
> utilities. Maybe not having it by default, or introducing a shorter command
> switch should not be hard to add.
> And also I would like to see the full logs always by default. Usually after
> lots of searching you find the offending log entry for the error, only to
> find out you forgot to pass the right command line options to journalctl and
> the important bit is cut off.
There is the --all or -a option for this.

In the end, you just have to use journalctl -ar

> If you guys are willing to also consider those other two gripes I will glady
> submit patches for those also.
> Regards,
> Philippe
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