Manage memcached via Puppet

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puppet module install saz-memcached --version 7.0.0


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Manage memcached via Puppet

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Supported Puppet versions

  • Puppet >= 5
  • Last version supporting Puppet 3: v3.0.2

How to use

Starting with version 3.0.0, memcached will be listening on only.
This should make setups more secure (e.g. if there are no firewall rules in place).

To change this behavior, you need to set listen_ip to ''.

Use roughly 90% of memory

    class { 'memcached': }

Set a fixed memory limit in MB

    class { 'memcached':
      max_memory => 2048

Use 12% of available memory

    class { 'memcached':
      max_memory => '12%'

Install multiple memcached instances

the multiinstance support uses a systemd instance unit file. This will be placed at /etc/systemd/system/memcached@.service. It allows us to manage multiple instances via the same unit file. To start a simple instance, you only need to know the desired TCP port:


that's it! It will bind to localhost and listen to TCP port 11222. You might want to tune the systemd limits, for example the number of file descriptors (LimitNOFILE) or the number of processes (LimitNPROC):

  limits => {
    'LimitNOFILE' => 8192,
    'LimitNPROC'  => 16384,

All systemd limits are documented in the systemd documentation.

Another usecase. Let's assume your name is Eric and you want to change the actual memcached parameters, for example to bind it to every interface:

  override_content => "[Service]\nEnvironment='LISTEN=-l'",

Maybe Eric also wants to override the cache size (the unit is MB):

  override_content => "[Service]\nEnvironment=CACHESIZE=4096\n",

last but not least, Eric might also want to override the maximum amount of connections (the default is 1024):

  override_content => "[Service]\nEnvironment=MAXCONN=4096\n",

Now Eric wants to use all those three settings at the same time:

  override_content => "[Service]\nEnvironment=MAXCONN=4096\nEnvironment=CACHESIZE=4096\nEnvironment='LISTEN=-l'\n",

Instead of passing a long string with multiple \n, Eric can also put the content in a file and provide that:

  override_source => "${module_name}/memcached_11222_override.conf\n",

Other class parameters

  • $package_ensure = 'present'
  • $logfile = '/var/log/memcached.log'
  • $logstdout = false (Set this to true to disable logging to a file/syslog entirely, useful when memcached runs in containers)
  • $pidfile = '/var/run/' (Debian family only, set to false to disable pidfile)
  • $max_memory = false
  • $max_item_size = false
  • $min_item_size = false
  • $factor = false
  • $lock_memory = false (WARNING: good if used intelligently, google for -k key)
  • $listen = '' (if TLS/SSL is enabled, 'notls' prefix can be used to disable for specific listeners "notls::")
  • $listen_ip = '' (deprecated, listen will take precedence over this)
  • $tcp_port = 11211
  • $udp_port = 0
  • $manage_firewall = false
  • $user = '' (OS specific setting, see params.pp)
  • $max_connections = 8192
  • $verbosity = undef
  • $unix_socket = undef
  • $install_dev = false (TRUE if 'libmemcached-dev' package should be installed)
  • $processorcount = $::processorcount
  • $service_restart = true (restart service after configuration changes, false to prevent restarts)
  • $use_sasl = false (start memcached with SASL support)
  • $use_tls = false (start memcached with TLS support)
  • $tls_cert_chain = undef
  • $tls_key = undef
  • $tls_ca_cert = undef
  • $tls_verify_mode = 1 (0: None, 1: Request, 2: Require, 3: Once)
  • $large_mem_pages = false (try to use large memory pages)