rhel7.4: systemd-journald process is terminated abnormally with a watchdog timer repeatedly

Solution Verified - Updated -


Even though systemd-journald is operating normally, SIGABRT terminates abnormally.
The following message is output to journal log, though not always.

systemd: systemd-journald.service watchdog timeout (limit 3min)!


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.4
  • systemd versions before systemd-219-42.el7_4.21 affected
  • specific version on which the issue was seen: systemd-219-42.el7_4.18.x86_64

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