god journald is a fucking catastrophe

turns out it won’t let you delete logs of individual units because the log format is some kind of gigantic linked list

also explains why random access (which is a VERY COMMON OPERATION FOR SYSTEM LOGS) is so inefficient with journald

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“oh sure, logs are append-only and it’s totally fine for the log viewer to take half an hour to display the most recent entries while the system is on fire and thrashing its disks”

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“how can we do worse than rotating plain text files in a standardized format? how about a global binary log file with a format that is undocumented and explicitly subject to change!” — lennart poettering

”text files have issues with undetected corruption. let’s just make our log format completely unreadable when there’s corruption somewhere!”

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