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sysctl.conf – kernel state defaults



The /etc/sysctl.conf file is read in when the system goes into multi-user mode to set default settings for the kernel. The /etc/sysctl.conf file is in the format of the sysctl(8) command, i.e.,

Comments are denoted by a "#" at the beginning of a line. Comments can also exist at the end of a line, as seen in the EXAMPLES section.


/etc/rc.d/sysctl rc(8) script which processes sysctl.conf early on in the process of transitioning to multi-user mode.
  rc(8) script which processes sysctl.conf shortly before the system reaches the multi-user mode.
/etc/sysctl.conf Initial settings for sysctl(8).
/etc/sysctl.conf.local Machine-specific settings for sites with a common /etc/sysctl.conf.


To turn off logging of programs that exit due to fatal signals you may use a configuration like
# Configure logging.
kern.logsigexit=0       # Do not log fatal signal exits (e.g., sig 11)


rc.conf(5), rc(8), sysctl(8)


The sysctl.conf file appeared in FreeBSD 4.0 .


If loadable kernel modules are used to introduce additional kernel functionality and sysctls to manage that functionality, sysctl.conf may be processed too early in the boot process to set those sysctls. Please consult rcorder(8) to learn more about the ordering of rc(8) scripts.

SYSCTL.CONF (5) June 30, 2022

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