I check service status with systemctl status service-name.

By default, I see few rows only, so I add -n50 to see more.

Sometimes, I want to see full log, from start. It could have 1000s of rows.
Now, I check it with -n10000 but that doesn't look like neat solution.

Is there an option to check full systemd service log similar to less command?


Just use the journalctl command, as in:

journalctl -u service-name.service

Or, to see only log messages for the current boot:

journalctl -u service-name.service -b

For things named <something>.service, you can actually just use <something>, as in:

journalctl -u service-name

But for other sorts of units (sockets, targets, timers, etc), you need to be explicit.

In the above commands, the -u flag is short for --unit, and specifies the name of the unit in which you're interested. -b is short for --boot, and restricts the output to only the current boot so that you don't see lots of older messages. See the journalctl man page for more information.

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    appending --no-pager will print full log, so you wont have to scroll – Dushyant Bangal May 29 '17 at 11:41
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    appending -e will start the log at the end removing the need to scroll, but without printing the entire log beforehand. – timlyo Jul 28 '17 at 14:45
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    appending -f will follow (print) updates to the log – Joe J Sep 6 '17 at 17:10
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    appending --help will let you see all available options – Tzafrir Mar 26 '18 at 20:14
  • are these logs being stored somewhere on the disk? – viveksinghggits Apr 11 at 10:09

systemctl can include the complete output of its status listing, without truncation., by adding the -l flag:

systemctl -l status service-name

-l: don't truncate entries with ellipses (...)

--no-pager can be added to avoid invoking a pager when the output is an interactive terminal.

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    Could you explicit your answer somehow? Adding some explanation about the options, and don't hesitate to format your answer! – joH1 Jan 24 '18 at 10:20
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    This answer is wrong. The output stays truncated. – Blauhirn Oct 30 '18 at 14:21

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