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limits (6) Versions 0.2.0

Configures limits for the pam_limits module

cookbook 'limits', '= 0.2.0'
cookbook 'limits', '= 0.2.0', :supermarket
knife supermarket install limits
knife supermarket download limits
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This cookbook is used to configure system limits.conf as well as limits.d configuration files through LWRP.



  • Debian
  • Ubuntu
  • CentOS
  • Red Hat
  • Fedora
  • should work on most linux platforms, just not explicity tested


See attributes/default.rb for default values.

  • node['limits']['system_conf'] - Location of limits.conf on system (defaults to /etc/security/limits.conf)
  • node['limits']['system_limits'] - Array of limits (default empty array)
  • node['limits']['conf_dir'] - Directory of limits.d (defaults to /etc/security/limit.d)



Include the default recipe in a run list in order to configure the system limits.conf. Attribute node['limits']['system_limits'] will be used.



This cookbook contains the limits_config LWRP. This LWRP will use node['limits']['conf_dir'] to lay down a limits.d configuration file.


  • :create: creates limits.d config file
  • :delete: removes limits.d config file

Attribute Parameters

  • name: will be used as the conf file name (limits.d/#{name}.conf)
  • limits: array of limits (See example below for format)
  • system: true or false, ignores name attribute in favor of node['limits']['system_conf'] path


tomcat_limits = [{ 'domain' => 'tomcat',
                    'type'   => '-',
                    'item' => 'nofile',
                    'value' => '4096' }]

# creates /etc/security/limits.d/tomcat.conf
limits_config 'tomcat' do
  limits tomcat_limits
  action :create

# creates /etc/security/limits.conf
limits_config 'configure system limits.conf' do
  limits tomcat_limits
  system true
  action :create


Simply add dependency to gain access to limits_config LWRP (examples above). In order to configure /etc/security/limits.conf, set node['limits']['system_limits'] and include_recipe 'limits::default'.


  • Used berkshelf >= 3.0.0 (Berksfile uses new source syntax)

License and Author

Copyright: 2014, Jordan Wesolowski

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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