I have a dark background for my console so there's quite a bit of journalctl output that is unreadable.

I see lots of information about how to add color! But how do I completely disable it?

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you can disable colour in journalctl like so;

SYSTEMD_COLORS=false journalctl

you could then add it to your ~/.bashrc, exporting the env variable;

export SYSTEMD_COLORS=false

That will be global though and may effect other systemd related things.

I guess a more direct solution would be to add an alias to your ~/.bashrc, like so;

alias journalctl='SYSTEMD_COLORS=false journalctl'

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