Basic configuration

At run time, the configuration parameters of Sarus are read from a file called sarus.json, which is expected to be a valid JSON document located in <installation path>/etc. Given the privileges that Sarus requires in order to exercise its functions, the configuration file must satisfy specific security requirements regarding its location and ownership.

Using the configure_installation script

The most straightforward way to generate a basic working configuration for a Sarus installation is by using the script, which is found in the top installation directory.

This script will set the proper permissions of the Sarus binary, create the initial caches for passwd and group databases and fill the necessary parameters of sarus.json.

To accomplish its tasks, the script has to be run as root and has to be located in the top directory of a valid Sarus installation.

The following is an example script execution (assuming Sarus has been installed in /opt/sarus) with the corresponding output:

$ sudo /opt/sarus/
Setting Sarus as SUID root
Successfully set Sarus as SUID root
Creating cached passwd database
Successfully created cached passwd database
Creating cached group database
Successfully created cached group database
Configuring etc/sarus.json
Successfully configured etc/sarus.json.
To execute sarus commands run first:
export PATH=/opt/sarus/bin:${PATH}
To persist that for future sessions, consider adding the previous line to your .bashrc or equivalent file

The configuration script is the recommended way to finalize any installation of Sarus, regardless of the installation method chosen.


Usually it is not necessary to manually run the configuration script after installing Sarus through the Spack package manager. Unless instructed differently, the Spack package already uses the script internally to create a starting configuration.

Please note that will only create a baseline configuration. To enable more advanced features of Sarus, sarus.json should be expanded further. Please refer to the Configuration file reference in order to do so.

The script can also be used on a Sarus installation which has already been configured. In this case, the existing configuration will be backed up in <installation path>/etc/sarus.json.bak and a new sarus.json file will be generated.