[torqueusers] Warning message for /bin/tcsh users

Michael Jennings mej at lbl.gov
Wed Feb 5 12:44:10 MST 2014

As this message shows, the issue is not at all unique to TORQUE or PBS:


But the implication here is that some csh startup script is calling
"stty" without making sure that STDIN (fd 0) is actually a tty.  Fix
that, and the warning should go away.  Prefixing each stty or similar
command with "/bin/test -t 0 &&" should work; e.g.:
   /bin/test -t 0 && stty sane


On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM, Dave Ulrick <d-ulrick at comcast.net> wrote:
> Hi,
> Our HPC has one user who prefers the tcsh shell. He's reported that the
> output for all of the jobs he submits with 'qsub' contain these messages:
> Warning: no access to tty (Bad file descriptor).
> Thus no job control in this shell.
> The messages are plainly visible when I run 'strings /bin/tcsh' so they're
> definitely being issued by tcsh. I've added 'echo' statements to
> /etc/csh.login to indicate when that script starts and when it calls the
> /etc/profile.d/*.csh scripts. The above messages appear before
> /etc/csh.login starts.
> I've suggested writing PBS scripts like this as a workaround:
> #!/bin/tcsh
> ...
> #PBS -S /bin/sh
> This gets rid of the messages because /bin/sh rather than /bin/tcsh is
> launching the PBS script (with the script itself being run by /bin/tcsh
> thanks to the magic bang) but one of my fellow administrators feels that
> this isn't a very good workaround. Personally I'm comfortable with it
> other than the fact that if the user runs his job interactively ('qsub -I
> foo.pbs') the shell he gets will be /bin/sh instead of /bin/tcsh.
> Assuming that my user isn't going to give up on tcsh, do you have any
> suggestions other than '#PBS -S /bin/sh' that would get rid of the
> offending messages and give the user his preferred shell for interactive
> jobs?
> FYI, the cluster nodes are running RHEL 6.2 with the most recent tcsh RPM
> (tcsh-6.17-24.el6.x86_64) installed. TORQUE is release 4.2.5 and our
> scheduler is Moab 6.1.5.
> Thanks,
> Dave
> --
> Dave Ulrick
> d-ulrick at comcast.net
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Michael Jennings <mej at lbl.gov>
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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