[torquedev] Proposed Patch

Douglas Wightman wightman at adaptivecomputing.com
Tue Mar 16 16:12:59 MDT 2010


We need this for sites where both pbs_server and moab run on a node where there are no local users: you cannot su to another user because the users do not exist.  On these systems Moab needs a way to submit jobs to Torque on behalf of a user that has been verified elsewhere.

- Douglas

----- "Joshua Bernstein" <jbernstein at penguincomputing.com> wrote:

> Garrick Staples wrote:
> > On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 11:49:49AM -0700, David Beer alleged:
> >> I realized that I didn't explain what this feature does - this
> feature allows a root user to submit a job as another user.
> > 
> > The patch, on the whole, looks fine to me.  One niggle: this is
> outside of
> > POSIX so perhaps the "not posix" ifdef shouldn't get this argument.
> > 
> > But I don't see why this patch is useful. Root can just as easily su
> to the user
> > first. If it checked admins or operators, it would be more useful.
> > 
> > I think "proxy" might be the wrong name. "imposter" or
> "impersonator" would be
> > more accurate. If it was a proxy, then the output would go the real
> user's
> > homedir.
> > 
> > This feature is almost useful for a CGI.
> 
> Interesting... David, could you explain the need for such a feature?
> Is it in 
> fact for use with CGI?
> 
> -Joshua Bernstein
> Penguin Computing
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