Command-Line Systemd Pager – How to Exit the systemctl Status Command’s Output

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How does one go about getting the command line prompt back after using the systemctl status command? The command appears to succeed as it displays the status information of the requested service. However, the terminal appears to lock up after using the command.

Best Answer

If you mean

systemctl status

at the end it shows this:

         │ └─318 /lib/systemd/systemd-journald
         │ └─1703 /usr/lib/fwupd/fwupd
         │ └─395 /lib/systemd/systemd-networkd
           └─2918 /usr/sbin/cups-browsed
lines 172-194/194 (END)

... then press a q for quit.

As steeldriver noted in comments: use --no-pager if you do not want this behaviour see details.

systemctl status --no-pager