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Making CPUSets Persistent Across Reboots

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 1
SUSE Linux Real Time (SLERTE)


Every time a SLERTE server is rebooted, configured CPUsets must be created again. How can the CPUsets be configured persistent across reboots?


If you use CPUsets, it is recommended to configure the cset service for persistent cpusets.

From the cset(1) man page:

To create a persistent cpuset setup, i.e. one that survives a reboot, you need to create the file /etc/init.d/cset. This distribuition of cset includes an example cset init.d file found in /usr/share/doc/pacakges/cpuset which is called cset.init.d. You will need to alter the file to your specifications and copy it to be the file /etc/init.d/cset. See the comments in that file for more details.

1. Make sure the cpuset rpm package is installed.
# zypper in cpuset

2. Copy the default cset service script to /etc/init.d.
# cp /usr/share/doc/pacakges/cpuset/cset.init.d /etc/init.d/

3. Rename the cset service template script
# mv /etc/init.d/cset.init.d /etc/init.d/cset

4. Customize the /etc/init.d/cset script to meet your needs.
NOTE: See example script below

5. Turn the service on.
# insserv cset

6. Start the service.
# /etc/init.d/cset start

WARNING: The default /usr/share/doc/pacakges/cpuset/cset.init.d service script is blank. It will NOT work until you customize the start() and stop() sections to meet your server needs.

Additional Information

The following is an example of the /etc/init.d/cset file that creates and destroys a two cpusets called "system" and "rtcpus".

# Example system startup script for setting up presistent cpusets with the
# cset tool from package cpuset. Copy this script to /etc/init.d/cset and
# uncomment out the commands in start() and stop() below, or add your own.
# Based on /etc/init.d/skeleton template.
# Copyright (C) 2009 Novell, Inc.
# This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
# under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at
# your option) any later version.
# This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
# WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# Lesser General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public
# License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software
# Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307,
# USA.
# LSB compatible service control script; see
# Note: This template uses functions rc_XXX defined in /etc/rc.status on
# UnitedLinux/SUSE/Novell based Linux distributions. If you want to base your
# script on this template and ensure that it works on non UL based LSB
# compliant Linux distributions, you either have to provide the rc.status
# functions from UL or change the script to work without them.
# See skeleton.compat for a template that works with other distros as well.
# Provides: cset
# Required-Start: $local_fs $remote_fs
# Required-Stop: $local_fs
# Default-Start: 2 3 5
# Default-Stop: 0 1 6
# Short-Description: Make cpuset setup persistent across boots
# Description: Configure desired cpuset setup with the
# cset tool for persistent cpusets across boots.
test -x $CSET_BIN || { echo "$CSET_BIN not installed";     if [ "$1" = "stop"]; then exit 0;    else exit 5; fi; }
. /etc/rc.status

case "$1" in    start)        echo -n "Starting cpuset "        $CSET_BIN shield --userset=rtcpus --cpu="$CSET_USER" --kthread=on        rc_status -v        ;;    stop)        echo -n "Shutting down cpuset "        $CSET_BIN set --set=system --destroy        $CSET_BIN set --set=rtcpus --destroy        rc_status -v        ;;    status)        echo -n "Checking for service cpuset "        $CSET_BIN set --recurse        rc_status -v        ;;    *)        echo "Usage: $0 {start|stop|status}"        exit 1        ;;


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  • Document ID:7007601
  • Creation Date:19-JAN-11
  • Modified Date:08-NOV-12
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time Extension
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