Bug ID 867253: Systemd not deleting user journals

Last Modified: Jul 23, 2021

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Affected Product:  See more info
BIG-IP TMOS(all modules)

Known Affected Versions:
14.1.0,,,,,, 14.1.2,,,,,,,,, 14.1.3,, 14.1.4,,,, 15.0.0, 15.0.1,,,,, 15.1.0,,,,,, 15.1.1, 15.1.2,, 15.1.3,, 16.0.0,, 16.0.1,,, 16.1.0

Opened: Jan 08, 2020
Severity: 3-Major


When setting 'SystemMaxUse' to any value, systemd does not honor this limit, and the specified size is exceeded.


Journald filling up the file system. These journals are allocated with a minimum size of 4MiB and are not removed when the log entries age-out.


Using a non-TMOS user account with external authentication permission. Note: Systemd-journald is configured to create a user journal for every remote user that logs into the BIG-IP system.


Option 1: To immediately free up space, manually remove per-user journal logs from the following location: /var/log/journal/*/user-* Option 2: To prevent the system from creating these journal files going forward: 1. Edit /etc/systemd/journald.conf and add the following at the bottom of the file: SplitMode=none 2. Restart systemd-journal service # systemctl restart systemd-journald 3. Delete the existing user journal files from /var/log # rm /var/log/journal/*/user-* Note: -- You must apply this workaround separately to each blade of a VIPRION or vCMP guest running on a VIPRION. -- You must reapply this workaround after performing software installations.

Fix Information


Behavior Change