cdist-type__sysctl - Man Page

manage sysctl settings


Manages permanent as well as runtime sysctl settings. Permament settings are set by managing entries in /etc/sysctl.conf. Runtime settings are set by directly calling the sysctl executable.

Required Parameters


The value to set for the given key (object_id)


__sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward --value 1

# On some operating systems, e.g. NetBSD, to prevent an error if the
# MIB style name does not exist (e.g. optional kernel components),
# name and value can be separated by `?=`. The same effect can be achieved
# in cdist by appending a `?` to the key:

__sysctl ddb.onpanic? --value -1


Steven Armstrong <>


Copyright (C) 2014 Steven Armstrong. Free use of this software is granted under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 or later (GPLv3+).


Dec 21, 2020 6.9.4 cdist