Now that the BBQ is open without login, Here's a workaround.
Don't skip this:
So get ready to re-disable it after upgrading. Dunno if systemd security updates in Debian stable will bork this workaround or if using dpkg-divert for systemd is a good idea.PS: systemd updates may re-enable a persistent journal also.
Sidenote: There are some exceptional folks with a vast knowledge plus the ability of explaining things clearly and concisely to the layman, like me. A couple of them I know about are zerozero (we miss you so much, buddy) and Alad Wenter (AKA: Alad). I'm an avid reader of Alad's posts in that and other forums. I highly recommend his guides and howtos. Well, IgnorantGuru is my hero too. Love and admire his work.