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condor_drain — HTCondor Manual

Control draining of an execute machine


condor_drain [-help ]

condor_drain [-debug ] [-pool pool-name] [-graceful | -quick | -fast] [-reason reason-text] [-resume-on-completion | -restart-on-completion | -exit-on-completion] [-check expr] [-start expr] machine-name

condor_drain [-debug ] [-pool pool-name] -cancel [-request-id id] machine-name


condor_drain is an administrative command used to control the draining of all slots on an execute machine. When a machine is draining, it will not accept any new jobs unless the -start expression specifies otherwise. Which machine to drain is specified by the argument machine-name, and will be the same as the machine ClassAd attribute Machine.

How currently running jobs are treated depends on the draining schedule that is chosen with a command-line option:


Initiate a graceful eviction of the job. This means all promises that have been made to the job are honored, including MaxJobRetirementTime. The eviction of jobs is coordinated to reduce idle time. This means that if one slot has a job with a long retirement time and the other slots have jobs with shorter retirement times, the effective retirement time for all of the jobs is the longer one. If no draining schedule is specified, -graceful is chosen by default.


MaxJobRetirementTime is not honored. Eviction of jobs is immediately initiated. Jobs are given time to shut down according to the usual policy, that is, given by MachineMaxVacateTime.


Jobs are immediately hard-killed, with no chance to gracefully shut down.

If you specify -graceful, you may also specify -start. On a gracefully-draining machine, some jobs may finish retiring before others. By default, the resources used by the newly-retired jobs do not become available for use by other jobs until the machine exits the draining state (see below). The -start expression you supply replaces the draining machine's normal START expression for the duration of the draining state, potentially making those resources available. See the admin-manual/policy-configuration:*condor_startd* Policy Configuration section for more information.

Once draining is complete, the machine will enter the Drained/Idle state. To resume normal operation (negotiation) at that time or any previous time during draining, the -cancel option may be used. The -resume-on-completion option results in automatic resumption of normal operation once draining has completed, and may be used when initiating draining. This is useful for forcing a machine with a partitionable slots to join all of the resources back together into one machine, facilitating de-fragmentation and whole machine negotiation.



Display brief usage information and exit.


Causes debugging information to be sent to stderr, based on the value of the configuration variable TOOL_DEBUG.

-pool pool-name

Specify an alternate HTCondor pool, if the default one is not desired.


(the default) Honor the maximum vacate and retirement time policy.


Honor the maximum vacate time, but not the retirement time policy.


Honor neither the maximum vacate time policy nor the retirement time policy.

-reason reason-text

Set the drain reason to reason-text. While the condor_startd is draining it will advertise the given reason. If this option is not used the reason defaults to the name of the user that started the drain.


When done draining, resume normal operation, such that potentially the whole machine could be claimed.


When done draining, restart the condor_startd daemon so that configuration changes will take effect.


When done draining, shut down the condor_startd daemon and tell the condor_master not to restart it automatically.

-check expr

Abort draining, if expr is not true for all slots to be drained.

-start expr

The START expression to use while the machine is draining. You can't reference the machine's existing START expression.


Cancel a prior draining request, to permit the condor_negotiator to use the machine again.

-request-id id

Specify a specific draining request to cancel, where id is given by the DrainingRequestId machine ClassAd attribute.

Exit Status

condor_drain will exit with a non-zero status value if it fails and zero status if it succeeds.


HTCondor Team


Jan 24, 2024 HTCondor Manual