Bug 979487 - sd_journal_seek_tail doesn't go to end
sd_journal_seek_tail doesn't go to end
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: systemd (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2013-06-28 12:19 EDT by Frank Ch. Eigler
Modified: 2015-10-20 08:59 EDT (History)
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Description Frank Ch. Eigler 2013-06-28 12:19:37 EDT
On systemd 201 (f18) and 204 (rawhide), the attached toy program loops for quite a while, consuming journald entries immediately after it did an sd_journal_seek_tail(), to go to the last entry.  It's as though the tail sought is not the real final entry (systemwide), though not the head either.

% cat sample.c
#include <systemd/sd-journal.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <assert.h>

void main(int argc, char *argv[]) {
  sd_journal* journald_context;
  int count;
  int rc;

  rc = sd_journal_open(& journald_context, 0);
  assert (rc == 0);
  if (argc == 2 && !strcmp(argv[1],"tail"))
    rc = sd_journal_seek_tail(journald_context);
  else if (argc == 2 && !strcmp(argv[1],"head"))
    rc = sd_journal_seek_head(journald_context);
    rc = 0;
  assert (rc == 0);

  for (count=0 ; ; count++) {
    char *cursor;
    rc = sd_journal_next(journald_context);
    assert (rc >= 0);
    if (rc == 0) break;
    rc = sd_journal_get_cursor(journald_context, &cursor);
    assert (rc == 0);
    printf ("#%d: cursor %s\n", count, cursor);
    free (cursor);

% gcc sample.c -lsystemd-journal
% a.out head | wc -l
--- expecting this to be a large number; on my f18 workstation, 189350
% a.out tail | wc -l
--- expecting this to be near-zero; on my f18 workstation, 188492
Comment 1 Fedora End Of Life 2013-09-16 10:17:49 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 20 development cycle.
Changing version to '20'.

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Comment 2 Frank Ch. Eigler 2013-10-03 10:29:11 EDT
I found that adding a sd_journal_previous_skip (..., 1) call after
the sd_journal_seek_tail (like journalctl -f does) makes things work.
It would be nice if this workaround were not necessary (or else
Comment 3 Jakub Filak 2014-06-30 11:23:01 EDT
The sd_journal_seek_tail() works as expected with systemd-208-11.el7.x86_64,
but does not work with systemd-208-19.fc20.x86_64 and systemd-214-4.fc21.x86_64.
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Comment 6 Jan Kurik 2015-07-15 10:47:18 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 23 development cycle.
Changing version to '23'.

(As we did not run this process for some time, it could affect also pre-Fedora 23 development
cycle bugs. We are very sorry. It will help us with cleanup during Fedora 23 End Of Life. Thank you.)

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Comment 7 Jan Synacek 2015-10-20 08:59:50 EDT
This is fixed on F23.

$ ./a.out head | wc -l

$ ./a.out tail | wc -l

$ rpm -q systemd

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