Chapter 12. Configuring the systemd journal by using the RHEL system role

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With the journald RHEL system role you can automate the systemd journal, and configure persistent logging by using the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.

12.1. Configuring persistent logging by using the journald RHEL system role

As a system administrator, you can configure persistent logging by using the journald RHEL system role. The following example shows how to set up the journald RHEL system role variables in a playbook to achieve the following goals:

  • Configuring persistent logging
  • Specifying the maximum size of disk space for journal files
  • Configuring journald to keep log data separate for each user
  • Defining the synchronization interval



  1. Create a playbook file, for example ~/playbook.yml, with the following content:

    - name: Configure persistent logging
        journald_persistent: true
        journald_max_disk_size: 2048
        journald_per_user: true
        journald_sync_interval: 1
        - rhel-system-roles.journald

    As a result, the journald service stores your logs persistently on a disk to the maximum size of 2048 MB, and keeps log data separate for each user. The synchronization happens every minute.

  2. Validate the playbook syntax:

    $ ansible-playbook --syntax-check ~/playbook.yml

    Note that this command only validates the syntax and does not protect against a wrong but valid configuration.

  3. Run the playbook:

    $ ansible-playbook ~/playbook.yml

Additional resources

  • /usr/share/ansible/roles/rhel-system-roles.journald/ file
  • /usr/share/doc/rhel-system-roles/journald/ directory
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