Configure journal on your Fedora

I was busy last couple of months, but I am doing fine. Recently, I noticed that journald system logs on my laptop got bigger recently. By default systemd eats ten per cent of the size of the file system. That is too much on my 256 MB SSD drive.

# journalctl --disk-usage
Journals take up 1.8G on disk.

Configuration is trivial and fully documented in the journald.conf(5) manual page. My idea is to keep half-a-gig of logs or entries with maximum age of two months. And I don’t want to forward to syslog (klog and console) anymore to save more space:

# grep -v '^#' /etc/systemd/journald.conf


Time to restart journald I guess.

# sudo systemctl restart systemd-journald.service

I had some coredumps in my log and this is a laptop so there are not that many entries every month, so it’s no surprise that disk usage is smaller.

# journalctl --disk-usage
Journals take up 224.0M on disk.

Time to do cleanup of syslog log files:

# sudo rm -v /var/log/*{gz,-[0-9][0-9]*}
removed ‘/var/log/cron-20150309’
removed ‘/var/log/cron-20150317’
removed ‘/var/log/cron-20150323’
removed ‘/var/log/cron-20150330’
removed ‘/var/log/dnf.log-20150319’

And I am not going to use syslog anymore on this laptop.

# sudo systemctl stop rsyslog.service
# sudo systemctl disable rsyslog.service

Let’s shrink syslog files to let’s say thousand of bytes.

# sudo truncate --size 1000 /var/log/{messages,secure,maillog,cron,spooler,boot.log,dnf.log,fedup.log,firewalld,lastlog,upgrade.log,wtmp,yum.log}

I could go even further by uninstalling rsyslog package, but I will leave that on my system for now. Cheers!

01 April 2015 | linux | fedora