Re: Who moved my journald.conf?

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On Thu, May 9, 2024 at 3:14 PM Tom Horsley <horsley1953@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Thu, 9 May 2024 19:15:20 +0100
Barry Scott wrote:

>        All options are configured in the [Journal] section:

Yep, but it is concatenating all the different bits and pieces
it picks up from the journald.conf.d directory, so is the [Journal]
in the default file enough to imply [Journal] for all the pieces
it picks up from the directory? I mean, what if [Journal] means
"Forget everything, we're starting journal options now"? The last
thing you'd want to do is put in a [Journal] line in that case and
forget all the previous settings :-).

[Train of thought like this is what happens when a computer programmer
tries to read an ambiguous manual].

When it comes to configuration using the .d/ directories, I believe it is a "sticky" scheme. The first time the option is set, it becomes sticky and it is not overridden later. That's why applications read .d/ configuration files first (and in a deterministic order, like 10-*.conf before 50-*.conf files), and then fallback to the package's or maintainer's configuration options for missing options.

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