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Version information

  • 2.6.2 (latest)
  • 2.6.1
  • 2.6.0
  • 2.5.1
  • 2.5.0
  • 2.4.0
  • 2.3.1
  • 2.3.0
  • 2.2.1
  • 2.2.0
  • 2.1.0
  • 2.0.2
  • 2.0.1
  • 2.0.0
released Sep 28th 2021
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 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, 2019.8.x, 2019.7.x, 2019.5.x, 2019.4.x, 2019.3.x, 2019.2.x, 2019.1.x, 2019.0.x, 2018.1.x, 2017.3.x
  • Puppet >= 5.0.0 < 8.0.0
  • , , , , , , , , Archlinux
This module has been deprecated by its author since Jun 26th 2023.

The author has suggested puppet-augeasproviders_sysctl as its replacement.

Start using this module


herculesteam/augeasproviders_sysctl — version 2.6.2 Sep 28th 2021

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sysctl: type/provider for sysctl for Puppet

This module provides a new type/provider for Puppet to read and modify sysctl config files using the Augeas configuration library.

The advantage of using Augeas over the default Puppet parsedfile implementations is that Augeas will go to great lengths to preserve file formatting and comments, while also failing safely when needed.

This provider will hide all of the Augeas commands etc., you don't need to know anything about Augeas to make use of it.


Ensure both Augeas and ruby-augeas 0.3.0+ bindings are installed and working as normal.

See Puppet/Augeas pre-requisites.


On Puppet 2.7.14+, the module can be installed easily (documentation):

puppet module install herculesteam/augeasproviders_sysctl

You may see an error similar to this on Puppet 2.x (#13858):

Error 400 on SERVER: Puppet::Parser::AST::Resource failed with error ArgumentError: Invalid resource type `sysctl` at ...

Ensure the module is present in your puppetmaster's own environment (it doesn't have to use it) and that the master has pluginsync enabled. Run the agent on the puppetmaster to cause the custom types to be synced to its local libdir (puppet master --configprint libdir) and then restart the puppetmaster so it loads them.


Puppet versions

Minimum of Puppet 2.7.

Augeas versions

Augeas Versions 0.10.0 1.0.0 1.1.0 1.2.0
sysctl yes yes yes yes

Documentation and examples

Type documentation can be generated with puppet doc -r type or viewed on the Puppet Forge page.

manage simple entry

sysctl { "net.ipv4.ip_forward":
  ensure => present,
  value  => "1",

manage entry with comment

sysctl { "net.ipv4.ip_forward":
  ensure  => present,
  value   => "1",
  comment => "test",

delete entry

sysctl { "kernel.sysrq":
  ensure => absent,

remove comment from entry

sysctl { "kernel.sysrq":
  ensure  => present,
  comment => "",

manage entry in another sysctl.conf location

sysctl { "net.ipv4.ip_forward":
  ensure => present,
  value  => "1",
  target => "/etc/sysctl.d/forwarding.conf",

do not update value with the sysctl command

sysctl { "net.ipv4.ip_forward":
  ensure => present,
  value  => "1",
  apply  => false,

only update the value with the sysctl command, do not persist to disk

sysctl { "net.ipv4.ip_forward":
  ensure  => present,
  value   => "1",
  persist => false,

ignore the application of a yet to be activated sysctl value

sysctl { "net.ipv6.conf.all.autoconf":
  ensure => present,
  value  => "1",
  silent => true


Please file any issues or suggestions on GitHub.