[torqueusers] Trouble with prologue script

Tim Miller btmiller at helix.nih.gov
Mon Feb 9 15:36:29 MST 2009

Hi Joshua,

Thanks for the reply.

I've tried the script with and without an explicit exit 0 with the results
are the same. I've also tried just running the script myself from the
command line, and verifying that the exit code is 0. FWIW, the script is a
Bourne shell script -- maybe I should try something different like Perl or


On Mon, Feb 9, 2009 at 4:41 PM, Joshua Bernstein <
jbernstein at penguincomputing.com> wrote:

> Tim Miller wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> I am experimenting with job prologue scripts and am having trouble. On one
>> of my nodes I created a file /var/spool/torque/mom_priv/
>> prologue as follows:
>> [root at h218 ~]# ls -l /var/spool/torque/mom_priv/prologue
>> -r-x------ 1 root root 38 Feb  9 04:04 /var/spool/torque/mom_priv/prologue
>> This script is very simple (just prints out a debug message). However,
>> when I submit a job to the test node (-l nodes=h218) it just goes into an
>> infinite requeue loop. Looking at the logs, I get the following:
>> Feb  9 04:05:31 h218 pbs_mom: run_pelog, prolog/epilog failed, file:
>> /var/spool/torque/mom_priv/prologue, exit: 255, nonzero p/e exit status
>> I am guessing that the 255 exit status corresponds with exit -1, which
>> according to the manual indicates that permissions on the prologue script
>> are not set correctly. I do not understand it since the permission
>> (owner/group of root and permissions 0500) match with what the manual says
>> they ought to be. I am not sure how to debug from here, so any help would be
>> much appreciated.
> Does the script exit with a proper return code? Sometimes just printing a
> debug message isn't sufficient. Instead, the safest thing to do is make the
> script exit with an explicit "exit 0".
> -Joshua Bernstein
> Senior Software Engineer
> Penguin Computing
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