How to configure sysfs during system boot

Configure sysfs during system boot to apply custom configuration using a simple and convenient way.


Update package index.

$ sudo apt update
Ign:1 stretch InRelease
Hit:2 stretch-updates InRelease
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Building dependency tree
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All packages are up to date.

Install sysfs query tool and boot-time setup.

$ sudo apt install -y sysfsutils
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The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libsysfs2 sysfsutils
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Inspect service status.

$ systemctl status sysfsutils
‚óŹ sysfsutils.service - LSB: Set sysfs variables from /etc/sysfs.conf
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/sysfsutils; generated; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (exited) since Wed 2018-12-05 22:27:55 CET; 5min ago
     Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)

Ensure that service is enabled at boot time.

$ systemctl is-enabled sysfsutils
sysfsutils.service is not a native service, redirecting to systemd-sysv-install.
Executing: /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install is-enabled sysfsutils


Inspect sysfs value you want to change at boot time.

$ cat /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler
noop deadline [cfq]

Create configuration file with desired value inside /etc/sysfs.d/ directory.

$ echo "block/sda/queue/scheduler = noop" | sudo tee /etc/sysfs.d/sda_scheduler.conf
block/sda/queue/scheduler = noop

Restart sysfsutils service, you do not need to perform system reboot.

$ sudo systemctl restart sysfsutils

See it for yourself.

$ cat /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler
[noop] deadline cfq