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Ansible Role: Inotify

Build Status Ansible Galaxy License

Role to configure the Inotify system settings.

The default value of max_user_watches is often too low for desktop users, particularly when using IDEs.


  • Ansible >= 2.6

    • Note: earlier versions of Ansible are likely to work but have not been tested.
  • Linux Distribution

    • Debian Family

      • Debian

        • Jessie (8)
        • Stretch (9)
      • Ubuntu

        • Trusty (14.04)
        • Xenial (16.04)
        • Bionic (18.04)
    • RedHat Family

      • CentOS

        • 7
    • Note: other versions are likely to work but have not been tested.

Role Variables

The following variables will change the behavior of this role (default values are shown below):

# The upper limit on the number of events that can be queued to the corresponding inotify instance.

# The upper limit on the number of inotify instances that can be created per real user ID.

# The upper limit on the number of watches that can be created per real user ID.

# The file to save inotify config to.
inotify_sysctl_file: '/etc/sysctl.d/20-ansible-inotify.conf'

Example Playbook

- hosts: servers
    - role: gantsign.inotify
      inotify_max_user_watches: 524288

More Roles From GantSign

You can find more roles from GantSign on Ansible Galaxy.

Development & Testing

This project uses Molecule to aid in the development and testing; the role is unit tested using Testinfra and pytest.

To develop or test you'll need to have installed the following:

Because the above can be tricky to install, this project includes Molecule Wrapper. Molecule Wrapper is a shell script that installs Molecule and it's dependencies (apart from Linux) and then executes Molecule with the command you pass it.

To test this role using Molecule Wrapper run the following command from the project root:

./moleculew test

Note: some of the dependencies need sudo permission to install.



Author Information

John Freeman

GantSign Ltd. Company No. 06109112 (registered in England)

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