Re: read around...
"(The logs and config may not be an issue with systemd if it has a decent text-mode viewing program - I honestly don't know!)"
That's the point a lot of people are complaining about.
Why have to have a tool, which adds complexity, to do something that all the original needs is a pair of eyes and a bit of knowledge to see what the problem is.
This is all getting out of hand, both literally and figuratively. Complication piled on top of complication. A real mare's nest and here I was thinking that obfuscation in coding was something that only black hats or competitors in the the IOCCC Competition used!
I reckon that if Poeterring and Sievers were to enter the IOCCC they would be a shoo-in to win. They have good form.
The other thing that irritates me is the fact that systemd is being shoved down our throats, like it or not. Thank goodness for the likes of Slackware, Devuan and PCLinuxOS. They have so far avoided systemd like the plague but I do worry that the borg-like tendencies of systemd eventually mean that there will be no escape. 'Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated'
And I always comforted myself on knowing that if you disagreed with or did not like a particular distro there was always an alternative. This may not be the case in the future. Guess I will have to start learning the ins and outs of BSD. They are safe as systemd is very firmly "linux only".