Failed to create journal service and other various errors

Hi all, I ran some updates last night (including a kernel update) and turned off the laptop, upon turning it on this morning was presented with the attached (apologies for the dumb photo). And I’m not really sure where to start.

I chroot’ed into the system and had a look at the journalctl logs but could see anything that stood out, but then I’m a noob hence me being here :slight_smile:

HW info - inxi -Fxxc0z --no-host | eos-sendlog :
Boot logs: - journalctl -b -0 | eos-sendlog :

Does anyone have any ideas at all? I really do need to get this back up and running.

Many thanks

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The first thing to try is doing an arch-chroot and try running pacman -Syu again from the chroot.

this is boot log from booting LiveISO not from inside the chroot…

And in 90% of cases something like you see is caused by kernel images failing to complete rebuild… so as @dalto mentioned chroot into the installed system and redo update followed by rebuilding kernel images:
mkinitcpio -P should solve your issue.

I don’t think journal has something to do with your issue.
It is probably related to your encryption, or about your update.
It seems the disk is not accessible/writable by the system, thus cannot implement boot hooks/tasks.

chroot your system and start from a full package update and kernel images recreation (if not done with the update procedure).
As already said, make sure your logs are from inside chroot.