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system.journal corrupted

Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:10 am

There's an issue which appears right after clean install and update (pacman -Syu).
During boot you see this message:

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[   36.591060] systemd-journald[168]: File <...>/system.journal corrupted or uncleanly shut down, renaming and replacing.
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Should we be concerned about it? I don't notice anything being missing from journal.

Also, since Pi doesn't have RTC, how does journalctl sort the lines? The output of "journalctl" has "Reboot" delimeter in weird places. If I launch "journalctl -b", the output is much more sane. Maybe it's the reason why syslong-ng is enabled by default.

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Re: system.journal corrupted

Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:29 am

I have spent many hours looking at this. There is no specific way of fixing, some have said changing media can fix, but it's harmless.
syslog-ng files are a bit easier to look thru, everything.log will have a cron entry every hour if things are ok
I got a fakeclock (not packaged) which puts date at last everything.log entry. I guess this might be good for model A?

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Re: system.journal corrupted

Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:12 pm

I have same problem here...

..."File <...>/system.journal corrupted or uncleanly shut down, renaming and replacing." in dmesg

I think it is a bug in systemd...

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