[torqueusers] Job Nanny Poll

David Beer dbeer at adaptivecomputing.com
Mon Nov 21 14:01:48 MST 2011

----- Original Message -----
> Hi David,
> > Just a quick poll question - do people use the job delete nanny
> > functionality in TORQUE? If you do, in qmgr you would have the
> > line:
> >
> > set job_nanny = True
> >
> > I'm curious how many people are using it - this seems like very
> > repetitive functionality to me (pbs_mom does pretty much the same
> > thing already) and I personally think job_force_cancel_time is
> > better, but I may be biased.
> >   
> We are using it on all our clusters to avoid mail flooding. How does
> pbs_mom do the same thing? I had never heard of job_force_cancel_time
> before. I guess that you want the job to be cancelled before there is
> any mail flooding, don't you?

I was mistaken when I was saying pbs_mom does the same thing. I was actually thinking of another server parameter that does a similar thing - kill_delay, and somehow I was thinking the mom does this by default. We actually don't recommend using kill_delay because it is difficult to set up correctly (most people forget to make the shell catch the signal as well, so their job dies unexpectedly). 

I guess one of the things I'm thinking is that it is almost always communication problem if pbs_server can't delete a job, so I think job_force_cancel_time is better. However, I recognize that this may well not be the case for everyone.

David Beer 
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