cookbook 'sysctl', '= 0.7.0'
The sysctl cookbook has been deprecated
Author provided reason for deprecation:
The sysctl cookbook has been deprecated and is no longer being maintained by its authors. Use of the sysctl cookbook is no longer recommended.
Configures sysctl parameters
cookbook 'sysctl', '= 0.7.0', :supermarket
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Set sysctl system control parameters via Chef
- Debian/Ubuntu (chefdk tested)
- RHEL/CentOS (chefdk tested)
- Scientific Linux
- PLD Linux
- Arch Linux
There are two main ways to interact with the cookbook. This is via chef attributes or via the provided LWRP.
node['sysctl']['params']- A namespace for setting sysctl parameters.
node['sysctl']['conf_dir']- Specifies the sysctl.d directory to be used. Defaults to
/etc/sysctl.don the Debian and RHEL platform families, otherwise
node['sysctl']['allow_sysctl_conf']- Defaults to false. Using
conf_diris highly recommended. On some platforms that is not supported. For those platforms, set this to
trueand the cookbook will rewrite the
/etc/sysctl.conffile directly with the params provided. Be sure to save any local edits of
/etc/sysctl.confbefore enabling this to avoid losing them.
node['sysctl']['conf_dir'] is set to nil and
node['sysctl']['allow_sysctl_conf'] is not set, no config will be written
Setting Sysctl Parameters
Setting variables in the
node['sysctl']['params'] hash will allow you to easily set common kernel parameters across a lot of nodes.
All you need to do to have them loaded is to include
sysctl::apply anywhere in your run list of the node. It is recommended to do this early in the run list, so any recipe that gets applied afterwards that may depend on the set parameters will find them to be set.
The attributes method is easiest to implement if you manage the kernel parameters at the system level opposed to a per cookbook level approach.
The configuration will be written out when
sysctl::apply gets run, which allows the parameters set to be persisted during a reboot.
Set vm.swapiness to 20 via attributes
node.default['sysctl']['params']['vm']['swappiness'] = 20 include_recipe 'sysctl::apply'
sysctl_param LWRP can be called from wrapper and application cookbooks to immediately set the kernel parameter and cue the kernel parameter to be written out to the configuration file.
This also requires that your run_list include the
sysctl::default recipe in order to persist the settings.
- apply (default)
Set vm.swapiness to 20 via sysctl_param LWRP
include_recipe 'sysctl::default' sysctl_param 'vm.swappiness' do value 20 end
Remove sysctl parameter and set net.ipv4.tcp_fin_timeout back to default
sysctl_param 'net.ipv4.tcp_fin_timeout' do value 30 action :remove end
Reading Sysctl Parameters
The cookbook also includes an Ohai 7 plugin that can be installed by adding
sysctl::ohai_plugin to your run_list. This will populate
node['sys'] with automatic attributes that mirror the layout of
To see ohai plugin output manually, you can run
ohai -d /etc/chef/ohai_plugins sys on the command line.
We have written unit tests using chefspec and integration tests in serverspec executed via test-kitchen. Much of the tooling around this cookbook is exposed via guard and test kitchen, so it is highly recommended to learn more about those tools. The easiest way to get started is to install the Chef Development Kit
The following commands will run the tests:
chef exec bundle install chef exec rubocop chef exec foodcritic . chef exec rspec chef exec kitchen test default-ubuntu-1404 chef exec kitchen test default-centos-70
The above will do ruby style (rubocop) and cookbook style (foodcritic) checks followed by rspec unit tests ensuring proper cookbook operation. Integration tests will be run next on two separate linux platforms (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Precise 64-bit and CentOS 7.0). Please run the tests on any pull requests that you are about to submit and write tests for defects or new features to ensure backwards compatibility and a stable cookbook that we can all rely upon.
Running tests continuously with guard
This cookbook is also setup to run the checks while you work via the guard gem.
bundle install bundle exec guard start
ChefSpec LWRP Matchers
The cookbook exposes a chefspec matcher to be used by wrapper cookbooks to test the cookbooks LWRP. See
library/matchers.rb for basic usage.
There are a lot of different documents that talk about system control parameters, the hope here is to point to some of the most useful ones to provide more guidance as to what the possible kernel parameters are and what they mean.
- Linux Kernel Sysctl
- Linux Kernel IP Sysctl
- THE /proc FILESYSTEM (Jun 2009)
RHEL 5 VM/Page Cache Tuning Presentation (2009) pdf
- Note that RHEL 6.2 or later support /etc/sysctl.d, and using 'service sysctl reload' to load attributes.
- Arch Linux SysCtl Tutorial (Feb 2013)
- Old RedHat System Tuning Overview (2001!)
- Tuning TCP For The Web at Velocity 2013 (video), slides
- Adventures in Linux TCP Tuning (Nov 2013)
- Part 1: Lessons learned tuning TCP and Nginx in EC2 (Jan 2014)
- How to harden a new server with Chef about the TelekomLabs Hardening Framework (May 2014)
|ohai >= 0.0.0|
- Update gem and berkshelf cookbook dependencies
- Update documentation to suggest using chefdk for development
- Travis now uses ruby 2.1+
- [GH-8] Update README.md mentioning Archlinux and Exherbo
- [GH-38] Update to ServerSpec2
- [GH-36] ArchLinux fixes
- [GH-41] RHEL 7 Systemd support updates
- [GH-18] Added note on support for /etc/sysctl.d/ and using it on RHEL 6.2 or later.
- [GH-30] Add support for Ubuntu Vivid (15.04)
- [GH-16] Support ubuntu 14.10
- [GH-31] Adjust sysctl::apply to use :restart instead of :start for better systemd support
- Fix rubocop error and packaging error
- [GH-14] Update to chefspec 4.1 , rubocop 27, foodcritic 4 Update matchers.rb for deprecated chefspec method.
- [GH-13] OneHealth was acquired by Viverae, update Gitter
- [GH-12] Update documentation to reflect inclusion of default recipe for LWRP
- Added initial FreeBSD support
- [GH-7] Added systemd based distros support
sysctl::applyto more clearly reflect usage
- [GH-5] Improve immediate setting of attribute parameters during
- Uploaded development version.
- Manual upload
- upload timed out to community cookbook for 0.5.2
- Failed upload to community site
- Now managed by Stove
- BREAKING CHANGE:
For parameters to persist on reboot that are set via attributes, you now need to include
sysctl::default. This allows LWRP users to use the cookbook without needing to load
sysctl::defaultin their run list.
- Standardize on using Stove for community site management
- Updated Ubuntu tests to no longer test Lucid and focus on Precise and Trusty
- [GH-3] Improve idempotency with respect to sysctl config file when using lwrps (Michael S. Fischer)
- Added Ohai 7 plugin which exposes sysctl parameters via node['sys'] (Sander van Zoest, Guilhem Lettron)
- Fully switch to serverspec tests, added separate suites for attributes and lwrp invocation
- [GH-24] On RHEL Adjust Init file to follow chkconfig standards (Alex Farhadi)
- [GH-22] lwrp parameters are written to the sysctl config file (Sander van Zoest, Guilhem Lettron)
- Entries in the sysctl config file are now sorted
- Removed Thor development dependency
- Added LWRP Matcher for use with ChefSpec by wrapper cookbooks
- Added ChefSpec 3 unit tests
- Ported bats tests to ServerSpec integration tests
- Use platform_family? in attributes (requires Ohai 0.6.12)
- Renamed ruby_block[sysctl config notifier] to ruby_block[save-sysctl-params] for clarity
- [GH-19] Make sysctl template logic idempotent (Roy Tewalt)
- Scientific Linux 6 support confirmed
- [GH-16] Document and test lwrp action :nothing
- Update to test kitchen 1.1
- Update to vagrant 1.4
- Added CentOS 5.10 and 6.5 test boxes
- [GH-9] Make changes available immediately (Warren Vosper)
- [GH-8] Added PLD Linux support (not regularily tested) (Elan Ruusam?e)
- Switch to rubocop over tailor
- Modernize Gemfile dependencies and add Guard for development
- Fix FC048: Prefer Mixlib::ShellOut
- More explicitly define conflicting cookbooks and operating systems in metadata.rb
- [GH-6] Fixed any params with spaces throw errors (Mike Pavlenko)
- [GH-5] Fixed ImmutableAttributeModification (Mark Pimentel)
- Added LWRP integration tests for test kitchen
- LWRP now sets attributes on the node via node.default, not node.set allowing easier overrides by other cookbooks
- Added attribute integration tests for test kitchen
- Added alpha RHEL/CentOS support
- Added Travis CI Builds
- Cleaned up foodcritic and tailor complaints
There is a lot of talk about making one sysctl cookbook. Let's make it happen.
- BREAKING CHANGE: use sysctl.params instead of sysctl.attributes to match LWRP and sysctl standard naming
- [GH-1] Remove 69-chef-static.conf
- New Maintainer: Sander van Zoest, OneHealth
- Update Development environment with Berkshelf, Vagrant, Test-Kitchen
- [FB-3] - Notify procps start immediately
- [FB-4] - Dynamic configuration file. Add LWRP.
- [FB-5] - Allow Bignums as values
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FC024: Consider adding platform equivalents: /tmp/cook/f6e75c1032a3c46c816de9b9/sysctl/recipes/service.rb:34
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