Mastodon 1-Click droplet unable to find error logs

I’m following the Mastodon 1-click quickstart guide here:

The app is running and I can access it via the web browser, but I’m seeing some 500 errors. When I attempt to view the Mastodon logs to debug the 500 errors, I see no journal files. Am I missing something? How should I be accessing the logs for Mastodon?

# sudo journalctl -u mastodon-web
No journal files were found.
-- No entries --
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Abhimanyu Selvan
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December 21, 2022
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Hey Andy,

It looks like journalctl cannot locate the journal files (usually in /var/log/journal. Can you restart the service using

systemctl restart systemd-journald.service

In case you want the logs to be persistent, you can edit the /etc/systemd/journald.conf file and change the Storage to persistent


Save and restart the service.

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December 21, 2022

Hello @andykaier

Since Mastodon is not managing its own log system it relies on each process to save its exit code or error accordingly.

You can check the /var/log/syslog as well as the journal log.


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