Bug 89111 - journalctl exits with nonzero exit status if no messages in time span
Summary: journalctl exits with nonzero exit status if no messages in time span
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: systemd
Classification: Unclassified
Component: general (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: systemd-bugs
QA Contact: systemd-bugs
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Reported: 2015-02-12 22:35 UTC by Michael Herold
Modified: 2015-03-15 21:57 UTC (History)
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Description Michael Herold 2015-02-12 22:35:08 UTC
The following command as daily cron can sometimes serve as a simple logwatch replacement:

journalctl --no-pager -q -p err -u my.service --until now --since -24h

However, if there are no warnings in the last 24h journalctl exits with nonzero exit status and prints "Failed to determine timestamp: Cannot assign requested address" to stderr.

First, it would be nice if (at least with -q) there is no output in this case and the exit status is 0. Second, I do not understand the error message.

There is a similar bug #71548, however the exit status in this case is a bit more reasonable, while the error message there is also very confusing.

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