I disagree with the title and description of the bug report. Journald, calculates a hard limit on logs (based on the system configuration).
$ journalctl -b -u systemd-journald.service -n 1 -- Logs begin at Mon 2018-09-17 14:21:50 BST, end at Thu 2019-03-21 15:16:25 GMT. -- Mar 21 11:27:37 ottawa systemd-journald: System journal (/var/log/journal/1b8df0fa27039f0163586c6756a6d401) is 3.7G, max 4.0G, 231.6M free. there is $ journalctl --disk-usage Archived and active journals take up 3.7G in the file system. command, but that currently does not print the max size, and free, like journald does on startup. Maybe it should. and --disk-usage is a bit odd, as it conflates the runtime and persistent journal numbers. I guess --disk-usage should print more info, about runtime vs persistent logs; and the max sizes. Now, do any of you have the max limits breached? Can you please paste the outputs of: journalctl -b -u systemd-journald.service -n 1 journalctl --disk-usage -- You received this bug notification because you are a member of Ubuntu Touch seeded packages, which is subscribed to systemd in Ubuntu. https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1790205 Title: systemd journals take up too much space, aren't vacuumed automatically Status in systemd package in Ubuntu: Confirmed Bug description: After running Bionic for 3 months, I had 2.6 GB of journals. I would not expect from a normal desktop user that they should have to run commands like `sudo journalctl --vacuum-time=10d`. I would nominate this command as a sane default to have running at each reboot to ensure that logs do not exceed 500 MB: sudo journalctl --vacuum-size=500M Supposedly, a server should by default retain more logs, so perhaps this should be implemented through a configuration package "systemd- configuration-desktop" as a dependency of the ubuntu-desktop meta package? To manage notifications about this bug go to: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/systemd/+bug/1790205/+subscriptions -- Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~touch-packages Post to : email@example.com Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~touch-packages More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp