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Version information

  • 0.9.3 (latest)
  • 0.9.2
  • 0.9.1
  • 0.9.0
released Dec 8th 2014
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 3.3.x
  • Puppet 2.7

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  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'ceritsc-pam_limits', '0.9.3'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add ceritsc-pam_limits
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install ceritsc-pam_limits --version 0.9.3

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Tags: pam, pam-limits


ceritsc/pam_limits — version 0.9.3 Dec 8th 2014

Puppet pam_limits module

This module manages pam_limits configuration files (only).


This is the Puppet pam_limits module. It can be used to manage particular limits in single /etc/security/limits.conf or in separate files included from /etc/security/limits.d (if "context" was specified). The second feature is only supported on new systems where Augeas can manage these files.

This module is a mix of other Puppet modules and Wiki, esp.:

to meet these requirements (which other modules didn't):

  • modify conf. files with Augeas only
  • prepend each Puppet managed limit with comment
  • support both limits.conf and includes from limits.d/
  • don't install anything


Module has been tested on:

  • Puppet 2.7
  • Debian 6.0

Quick Start

Configure limit

pam_limits { name:
  ensure   => present or absent,
  filename => configuration file,
  domain   => user or group name, wildcard, 
  type     => soft or hard or -,
  item     => limit name,
  value    => limit value;

Example: set max number of processes for users in group 'student'

pam_limits { 'nproc-student':
  ensure  => present,
  domain  => '@student',
  type    => 'hard',
  item    => 'nproc',
  value   => '20';

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