systemd-delta — Find overridden configuration files
systemd-delta [OPTIONS...] [
systemd-delta may be used to identify and
compare configuration files that override other configuration
files. Files in
/etc have highest priority,
/run have the second highest
priority, ..., files in
/lib have lowest
priority. Files in a directory with higher priority override files
with the same name in directories of lower priority. In addition,
certain configuration files can have "
directories which contain "drop-in" files with configuration
snippets which augment the main configuration file. "Drop-in"
files can be overridden in the same way by placing files with the
same name in a directory of higher priority (except that in case
of "drop-in" files, both the "drop-in" file name and the name of
the containing directory, which corresponds to the name of the
main configuration file, must match). For a fuller explanation,
The command line argument will be split into a prefix and a
suffix. Either is optional. The prefix must be one of the
directories containing configuration files
/usr/lib, ...). If it is given, only
overriding files contained in this directory will be shown.
Otherwise, all overriding files will be shown. The suffix must be
a name of a subdirectory containing configuration files like
systemd/system. If it is given, only
configuration files in this subdirectory (across all configuration
paths) will be analyzed. Otherwise, all configuration files will
be analyzed. If the command line argument is not given at all, all
configuration files will be analyzed. See below for some
The following options are understood:
When listing the differences, only list those that are asked for. The list itself is a comma-separated list of desired difference types.
Recognized types are:
Show masked files
Show overridden files that while overridden, do not differ in content.
Show files that are redirected to another.
Show overridden, and changed files.
in drop-in directories for units.
Show unmodified files too.
When showing modified files, when a file is
overridden show a diff as well. This option takes a boolean
argument. If omitted, it defaults to
Do not pipe output into a pager.
To see all local configuration:
To see all runtime configuration:
To see all system unit configuration changes:
To see all runtime "drop-in" changes for system units:
systemd-delta --type=extended /run/systemd/system
On success, 0 is returned, a non-zero failure code otherwise.