[torqueusers] Problem with HA and job IDs

Glen Beane glen.beane at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 10:13:09 MDT 2010

On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 11:22 AM, Ken Nielson
<knielson at adaptivecomputing.com> wrote:
> On 06/23/2010 01:59 AM, Drew Leske wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> We've got a high-availability scenario happening with two Torque servers
>> and for the most part it's pretty good.  The failover is pretty slick
>> and so on.  But we have found a problem for which I can't find a
>> solution.
>> We have two servers, named A and B.  They both run "pbs_server --ha" and
>> whichever one is active opens up port 15001 for incoming requests.  If I
>> kill server A, B picks it up pretty quickly.
>> Job IDs are all suffixed with A's FQDN, which is consistent with the
>> documentation, since A is the first listed server in all configurations.
>> Even if B is active and A is dead, new jobs will have IDs such as
>> 498243.A.uvic.ca.
>> It turns out this is a problem for client nodes, even if they are
>> properly configured with /var/spool/torque/server_name containing "A,B".
>> If specifying a job ID "49824.A.uvic.ca" when B is active, this fails:
>>    C$ qstat 85112.A
>>    Cannot connect to specified server host 'A'
>>    qstat: cannot connect to server A (errno=111) Connection refused
>> If only "85112" is specified, then it works as expected.  It's only when
>> the full job ID is used that it fails.  "qstat" to simply list the jobs
>> works fine.
>> I don't see any way to override the job IDs, although I would personally
>> prefer it if I could make the job IDs not use the server name.  But we
>> have third-party software that cannot be reconfigured to use just the
>> numeric part, so the failover breaks this software, and it seems odd to
>> me in any case that I can't specify the full job ID if in a failover
>> situation.
>> I didn't see anything in the archives or documentation that deals with
>> this.  Any thoughts?
>> Thanks,
>> Drew.
>> Drew Leske, Senior Systems Administrator    | dleske at uvic.ca
>> Unix Services Team, University Systems      | 250-472-5055 (office)
>> University of Victoria                      | 250-588-4311 (cel)
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> Did you try just specifying the job number without the host portion of
> the id?

Hi Ken,

this was in his email:

If only "85112" is specified, then it works as expected.  It's only when
the full job ID is used that it fails.

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