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Enforce Linux kernel configuration with sysctl


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Version information

  • 0.6.1 (latest)
  • 0.6.0
  • 0.5.3
  • 0.5.2
released Jan 21st 2024
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2023.7.x, 2023.6.x, 2023.5.x, 2023.4.x, 2023.3.x, 2023.2.x, 2023.1.x, 2023.0.x, 2021.7.x, 2021.6.x, 2021.5.x, 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x
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  • r10k or Code Manager
  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'h0tw1r3-sysctl', '0.6.1'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add h0tw1r3-sysctl
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install h0tw1r3-sysctl --version 0.6.1

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h0tw1r3/sysctl — version 0.6.1 Jan 21st 2024


Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Setup
  3. Usage
  4. Limitations


[sysctl] is used to modify kernel parameters at runtime. The parameters available on Linux are those listed under /proc/sys/. Procfs is required for sysctl support in Linux.

This module supports setting parameter values that are persistent across reboots by managing the system [sysctl] configuration files.

sysctl::variable resource declares the "private" resource, sysctl::define, which is exported and eventually collected by the sysctl class.


What sysctl affects

  • /etc/sysctl.conf
  • /etc/sysctl.d/*.conf
  • optionally execute sysctl at runtime to enforce values

Beginning with sysctl

To make use of the sysctl::variable resource, the sysctl class must be included in your puppet manifest.

include sysctl


Manage a parameter with a resource:

sysctl::variable { 'net.ipv4.ip_forward':
  ensure => '1',

Manage multiple parameters with hiera:

    ensure: 1
    ensure: 1
    enforce: false
    ensure: absent
    ensure: 65535
    comment: increased to accommodate traffic handling requirements

Separate multi-value variables with a single space:

sysctl::variable { 'net.ipv4.tcp_rmem':
  ensure => '4096 65536 16777216',

Remove the sysctl configuration for a variable:

sysctl::variable { 'vm.swappiness':
  ensure => absent,

Ensure variables are set in a consistent order using the prefix parameter:

sysctl::variable { 'net.ipv4.ip_forward':
  ensure => '1',
  prefix => '60',


Testing! Could use many more unit tests.


Inspired by Matthias Saou's thias/puppet-sysctl module.