Install and manage the HAVEGE daemon.




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released Nov 30th 2020
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 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 < 7.0.0
  • RedHat

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simp/haveged — version 0.6.0 Nov 30th 2020


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Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Module Description - What does the module do?
  3. Setup - The basics of getting started with haveged
  4. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  5. Reference - An under-the-hood peek at what the module is doing and how
  6. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  7. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


Install and manage the haveged daemon.

Module Description

The haveged daemon provides a random number generator based on the HAVEGE (HArdware Volatile Entropy Gathering and Expansion) algorithm. This module provides a way of installing and setting up the daemon in your environment.


What haveged affects

Package, service and configuration files for the haveged daemon.

  • On Debian based systems this includes the /etc/default/haveged file if an init based startup system is used. For systems using systemd the configuration is stored in the /etc/systemd/system/haveged.service.d/opts.conf file.

  • On RHEL 6 systems the configuration is unfortunately hardcoded and no configuration file is used.

  • On RHEL 7 systems the configuration is stored in the /etc/systemd/system/haveged.service.d/opts.conf file.

Setup Requirements

This module requires the stdlib module.

The haveged package is part of the EPEL yum repository, so this repository must be enabled on Enterprise Linux to be able to install the package.

Beginning with haveged

Declare the haveged class to run the haveged daemon with the default parameters.

include '::haveged'

This installs the haveged package and starts the service using default parameters.

See the following sections for a detailed description of the available configuration options.


Use a higher threshold of available entropy

class { 'haveged':
  write_wakeup_threshold => '2048',


Public Classes

Class: haveged

Main class, includes all other classes.

Parameters for the haveged class:


Configure the collection buffer size. The value must be a string with a numeric value. It is interpreted as size in KB. Default: 128


Set the data cache size. The value must be string with a numeric value. It is interpreted as size in KB. The default is 16


Set the instruction cache size. The value must be string with a numeric value. It is interpreted as size in KB. The default is 16 or as determined by the CPUID.


Configure the threshold of available entropy. The daemon tries to keep the amount of available entropy above this amount of bits. The value must be a string with a numeric value. Default: 1024


The name of the service to manage. Normally provided by the haveged::params class.


Whether the haveged service should be enabled to start at boot. Valid options: true, false. Default: true


Whether the haveged service should be running. Valid options: stopped, false, running, true. Default: running


The name of the package to manage. Normally provided by the haveged::params class.


The state of the haveged package. Valid options: present, installed, absent, purged, held, latest or a specific package version number. Default: present

Private Classes

Class: haveged::config

Configures the haveged daemon by updating the run time parameters for the daemon.

Class: haveged::package

Installs the package.

Class: haveged::params

Manages operating system specific parameters.

Class: haveged::service

Manages the haveged daemon.


This module provides the following facts.

Fact: haveged_startup_provider

The startup system used on the node. The implementation uses the process name of PID 1 to resolve the fact. The value is either systemd or init.


The haveged module has been tested on

  • Debian 6 (Squeeze)
  • Debian 7 (Wheezy)
  • Debian 8 (Jessie)
  • Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
  • Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)
  • Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf)
  • Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus)
  • CentOS 6
  • CentOS 7

Unfortunately the configuration is hardcoded on RHEL 6 systems. Using class parameters to set specific options will have no effect.


Feel free to send pull requests for new features and other operating systems.