journalctl command to see kernel messages

Sometimes, there are just too many messages in journalctl output and it becomes a mystery game to search for the messages you are looking for. But luckily you do not need to use grep to find the right message. Here is example of what I had to do when I was looking for kernel messages.

journalctl _TRANSPORT=kernel
# To see all the fields, you can use the verbose mode
journalctl _TRANSPORT=kernel -o verbose

# And the filter on priority if needed to get the messages you need
journalctl _TRANSPORT=kernel PRIORITY=4

# and follow
journalctl _TRANSPORT=kernel PRIORITY=4 -f -l

speed up journalctl

Sometime back I noticed that whenever I run my favourite command, viz.

journalctl -xn -f -l

it was taking more time than usual. So, I thought to dig more into it and finally found that the following command:

sudo journalctl --disk-usage

showed that journalctl was using some huge space in tune of about 4GB. So, the solution was simple, vaccum the journal entries and the command to do so is :

sudo journalctl --vacuum-size 90M

Checking journalctl size after that confirms the size is reduced and after that indeed the above journal command takes no time 🙂

better bash debugging

I was trying to debug some bash scripts yesterday and learnt something new 😉
There are lot of things in bash that you can use to debug and to start with you can enable xtrace mode as follows:

set -x

With this set you will see that all the commands are printed along with all other information as they are executed.
This you can do for any line or for the function or for the whole script. Once you set the option you can turn it
off with

set +x

Now, once you have enabled this, you will see a lot of output, but you will still not see the function name and the line numbers. If you do want to see them then you will need to set the PS4 variable like below and bingo :

 export PS4='+(${BASH_SOURCE}:${LINENO}): ${FUNCNAME[0]:+${FUNCNAME[0]}(): }'
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