How does one go about getting the command line prompt back after using the systemctl status command? The command appears to succeed as it displays the status information of the requested service. However, the terminal appears to lock up after using the command.
If you mean
at the end it shows this:
├─systemd-journald.service │ └─318 /lib/systemd/systemd-journald ├─fwupd.service │ └─1703 /usr/lib/fwupd/fwupd ├─systemd-networkd.service │ └─395 /lib/systemd/systemd-networkd └─cups-browsed.service └─2918 /usr/sbin/cups-browsed lines 172-194/194 (END)
... then press a
q for quit.
As steeldriver noted in comments: use
--no-pager if you do not want this behaviour see details.
systemctl status --no-pager
systemctl is running in another terminal:
$ pstree -pa $(pgrep systemctl) systemctl,2100 status └─less,2101
q or Q or :q or :Q or ZZ Exits less.