Opened 8 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

#54 assigned enhancement


Reported by: glen.beane@… Owned by: bas
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: pbs Version: 4.6.0
Keywords: Cc: nate@…


We've found that pbs_submit() has not been reliable. Occasionally pbs_server gets into a state that causes all jobs submitted via pbs_submit() to fail (this is not a problem with pbs_python -- the problem exists even with the C API directly). However, pbs_submit_hash() continues to work in this case. Since Torque moved to pbs_submit_hash(), I don't feel that pbs_submit() is as well tested.

We'd like to move our applications from pbs_submit() to pbs_submit_hash(), but I don't think all the functionality we need is in pbs_python.

Here is a short snippet of C code using pbs_submit_hash:

int fd = pbs_connect(0); char *new_jobid; memmgr* mm; job_data* job_attrs = 0;

memmgr_init(&mm, 0);

/* pass empty ATTR_v, just to show use of hash_add_or_exit */ hash_add_or_exit(&mm, &job_attrs, ATTR_v, "", ENV_DATA);

pbs_submit_hash(fd, &mm, job_attrs, NULL, "/tmp/", NULL, NULL, &new_jobid, NULL);

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comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by bas

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Glen which version of torque do you use?

For torque 4.x (I do not have installed or can test it)

  • pbs_submit_hash

For torque 5.X i see this function:

  • pbs_submit_hash_ext

I do not see any function named hash_add_or_exit.

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by glen.beane@…

We are using 4.2, but we are considering an upgrade to Torque 5 (first we need to fully test with our pipeline framework, which uses pbs_python)

I just looked at Torque in github, in the 5.1.0 branch in git pbs_submit_hash_ext() is declared in include/pbs_ifl.h, pbs_submit_hash() is declared in lib/Libifl/lib_ifl.h, hash_add_or_exit() is in u_hash_map_structs.h

qsub still calls pbs_submit_hash() directly

all pbs_submit_hash_ext() does is call pbs_submit_hash(), but it takes void* instead of job_data_container*:

int pbs_submit_hash_ext(

int socket, void *job_attr, void *res_attr, char *script, char *destination, char *extend, /* (optional) */ char return_jobid, char msg) { return pbs_submit_hash(socket,

(job_data_container *)job_attr, (job_data_container *)res_attr, script,destination,extend,return_jobid,msg);


/* END pbsD_submit.c */

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by bas

Glen thanks for sorting this out. I am only using pbs_ifl.h, that is the public available functions api for libtorque. In torque 5.X there is only a definition for:

  • pbs_submit_hash_ext

So i have to test in our 5.X test cluster. I do no want to include more and more header files like lib_ifl.h', maybe we can use the new function pbs_submit_hash_ext`. As said I can not test torque 4.X. Adaptive does a lot of interface changing (API) between versions. That is hard to keep up with ;-(

comment:4 Changed 7 years ago by anonymous

The guys from adaptive computing found the problem in the pbs_submit function and come up with a patch, thanks to David Beer:

diff --git a/src/lib/Libifl/pbsD_submit.c b/src/lib/Libifl/pbsD_submit.c
index e096aa8..ca41cca 100644
--- a/src/lib/Libifl/pbsD_submit.c
+++ b/src/lib/Libifl/pbsD_submit.c
@@ -131,7 +131,7 @@ char *pbs_submit_err(
   if ((script != NULL) && (*script != '\0'))
-    if (PBSD_jscript(c, script, NULL) != 0)
+    if (PBSD_jscript(c, script, return_jobid) != 0)
       *local_errno = PBSE_BADSCRIPT;

comment:5 Changed 7 years ago by anonymous

see also #62

comment:6 Changed 6 years ago by nate@…

  • Cc nate@… added

Users of pbs_python in Galaxy have reported this issue as well and the fix in comment:4 is working for them. If this could be included in a pbs_python release that'd be great. Here's the issue thread from Galaxy:

comment:7 Changed 6 years ago by glen.beane@…

We also fixed this by patching libtorque on a system that was still running Torque 4. The fix was described on the Torque mailing list and is the same one in the Galaxy issue linked in comment #6.

Note that this is fixed in more recent versions of Torque, so if you have an up to date Torque, then this isn't an issue.

Nate: I don't think you can include this fix with pbs_python because it involves patching libtorque, which is not provided by pbs_python.

comment:8 Changed 6 years ago by nate@…

Hey Glen, thanks for the hint, I totally missed that point.

comment:9 Changed 6 years ago by bas

It is interesting to read all comments and where pbs_python is used.

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