[torqueusers] User's job can mess up the system so that no jobs run

Rushton Martin JMRUSHTON at qinetiq.com
Fri Sep 7 02:18:08 MDT 2007

Could you set up diskquotas on the filesystem?

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|-----Original Message-----
|From: torqueusers-bounces at supercluster.org 
|[mailto:torqueusers-bounces at supercluster.org] On Behalf Of 
|Atwood, Robert C
|Sent: 06 September 2007 17:32
|To: torqueusers at supercluster.org
|Subject: [torqueusers] User's job can mess up the system so 
|that no jobs run
|I suppose this does not happen that often, since it's the 
|first time in several years of using openPBS and then Torque 
|that it has happened on my system ...
|One user submitted a malformed job of some kind that kept 
|echoing a string to stdout. Eventually it filled up the disk 
|partition containing /var/spool/torque . This happened on 
|node01 (the first node in the list of available nodes) 
|Subsequently, all users' jobs failed to run or return any 
|stdout or stderr files, thus making it difficult to tell what 
|the problem actually was. That's because the jobs were always 
|getting directed to node01 as it was marked 'free'.
|Is there a good way within torque to prevent this behaviour? 
|Apart from banning certain users that is! 
|torqueusers mailing list
|torqueusers at supercluster.org

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