By default systemd (v245) on Ubuntu 20.04 focal, if I do
systemctl status $THING, and the output lines are longer than my screen, then the default pager (less?) will do horizontal scrolling. I would rather the extra text be on the following lines ("word wrap")
what environmental variable can I set to make this change from horizontal scrolling to "put the remainder of the line on the next line"?
I know that
systemctl --no-pager $THING or
systemctl status $THING | cat will work in this case, but that’s extra text to type every time. I want
systemctl status $THING to always work without having to add extra bits.
You can make no-pager permanent by exporting an empty environment variable
But you will notice that now systemd ellipsizes the long lines, so you must also turn this off with the
--full command line option. There’s no environment variable to change this, unfortunately.
For a complete solution I would suggest a shell alias for
systemctl, such as:
alias systemctl='systemctl --no-pager --full'
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