sd_journal_get_cursor(3) Get cursor string for or test cursor string against the current journal entry

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#include <systemd/sd-journal.h>

int sd_journal_get_cursor(sd_journal *j, char **cursor);
int sd_journal_test_cursor(sd_journal *j, const char *cursor);



returns a cursor string for the current journal entry. A cursor is a serialization of the current journal position formatted as text. The string only contains printable characters and can be passed around in text form. The cursor identifies a journal entry globally and in a stable way and may be used to later seek to it via sd_journal_seek_cursor(3). The cursor string should be considered opaque and not be parsed by clients. Seeking to a cursor position without the specific entry being available locally will seek to the next closest (in terms of time) available entry. The call takes two arguments: a journal context object and a pointer to a string pointer where the cursor string will be placed. The string is allocated via libc malloc(3) and should be freed after use with free(3).

Note that sd_journal_get_cursor() will not work before sd_journal_next(3) (or related call) has been called at least once, in order to position the read pointer at a valid entry.

sd_journal_test_cursor() may be used to check whether the current position in the journal matches the specified cursor. This is useful since cursor strings do not uniquely identify an entry: the same entry might be referred to by multiple different cursor strings, and hence string comparing cursors is not possible. Use this call to verify after an invocation of sd_journal_seek_cursor(3) whether the entry being sought to was actually found in the journal or the next closest entry was used instead.


sd_journal_get_cursor() returns 0 on success or a negative errno-style error code. sd_journal_test_cursor() returns positive if the current entry matches the specified cursor, 0 if it does not match the specified cursor or a negative errno-style error code on failure.


The sd_journal_get_cursor() and sd_journal_test_cursor() interfaces are available as a shared library, which can be compiled and linked to with the libsystemd pkg-config(1) file.