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.Dd August 3, 2007 
.Dt SYSCTL.CONF 5
.Os
.Sh NAME
.Nm sysctl.conf
.Nd kernel state defaults
.Sh DESCRIPTION
The
.Pa /etc/sysctl.conf
file is read in when the system goes into multi-user mode to set default
settings for the kernel.
The
.Pa /etc/sysctl.conf
is in the format of the
.Xr sysctl 8
command, i.e.\&
.Bd -literal -offset indent
sysctl_mib=value
.Ed
.Pp
Comments are denoted by a
.Dq #
at the beginning of a line.
.Sh FILES
.Bl -tag -width /etc/sysctl.conf -compact
.It Pa /etc/sysctl.conf
Initial settings for
.Xr sysctl 8 .
.El
.Sh EXAMPLES
To disable coredumps, you may use a configuration like:
.Bd -literal -offset indent
# Disable coredumps.
kern.coredump=0	
.Ed
.Sh SEE ALSO
.Xr sysctl 8
.Sh HISTORY
The
.Nm
file appeared in
.Fx 4.0 .
.Sh BUGS
If loadable kernel modules are used to introduce additional kernel
functionality and sysctls to manage that functionality,
.Nm
may be processed too early in the boot process to set those sysctls.