Escaped systemd unit retruns wrongly escaped (and different) Id

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.5
  • systemd-219-62.el7.x86_64


Querying the Id of a unit shows a different unit name on RHEL 7.5, while it doesn't on fedora.

Steps to Reproduce:

Run show all and grep the Id of an escaped unit

#  /usr/bin/systemctl --no-pager --all show -- 'systemd-fsck@dev-mapper-vg0\x2dscratch.service' |grep Id=

The extra x5c is the backslash (\) that systemd escaped.

On fedora27, it gives the correct Id:

 /usr/bin/systemctl --no-pager --all show -- "systemd-fsck@dev-mapper-vg0\x2dscratch.service" |grep Id=


Update to systemd-219-62.el7_6.6 shipped with Advisory RHBA-2019:0820 or newer.

Root Cause

Before the update a bug in bus_print_property() function caused printing of erroneous output.

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