[torqueusers] Torque and NIS

Ashley Wright a2.wright at qut.edu.au
Wed Jul 13 22:47:39 MDT 2005


Been looking into this a little bit more, and I am currently stumped.
/etc/passwd only has the account <1000 (ie system accounts), NIS (as 
confirmed by getent) only has accounts > 1000.
When I submit a qsub a job I get the error message about unable to find 
user 'wright4' in password file.
I can log into the account, I can query the NIS server and see the user 

If I add the line to the /etc/passwd file like so
getent passwd wright4 >> /etc/passwd
Then pbs works like I would expect.

I have read the man page for getpwnam() and I get the following
    " The getpwnam() function returns a pointer to a structure 
containing the
       broken out fields of a line from /etc/passwd for the entry that 
       the user name name. "
This seems to indicate to me that the function only reads /etc/passwd.

Is there something special that needs to be done.

This problem is really bugging me,
any help is appreciated,

Garrick Staples wrote:

>On Thu, Jul 14, 2005 at 10:02:03AM +1000, Ashley Wright alleged:
>>We have a new cluster I am setting up torque on, we have just recently 
>>got NIS working for user authentication. When I run a torque job I get 
>>the following on the nodes:
>>07/14/2005 09:01:36;0001;   pbs_mom;Svr;pbs_mom;Success (0) in 
>>fork_to_user, cannot find user 'wright4' in password file
>>07/14/2005 09:01:36;0001;   pbs_mom;Svr;pbs_mom;Inappropriate ioctl for 
>>device (25) in req_cpyfile, fork_to_user failed with rc=-15023 'cannot 
>>find user 'wright4' in password file' - returning failure
>>Now cause we are using NIS the /etc/passwd file is rather empty. Is it 
>>possible for torque to get the information about the user from the NIS 
>>database instead of /etc/passwd?
>That error message is kind of misleading.  It's not really searching
>/etc/passwd, it is just doing a normal getpwnam() call which will go through
>Assuming Linux...
>Does 'getent passwd wright4' work on that node?  If not then your machine isn't
>configured correctly.  You need "nis" in the passwd line (and probably other
>lines) of /etc/nsswitch.conf.  Also see 'man nsswitch.conf'.
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Ashley Wright
3864 9264
a2.wright at qut.edu.au
HPC and Research Support Group
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

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