condor_now man page

condor_nowStart a job now.



condor_now[-name scheduler [-pool central-manager]] [-debug] now-jobvacate-job


condor_nowtries to run the now-jobnow. The vacate-jobis immediately vacated; after it terminates, if the schedd still has the claim to the vacated job's slot – and it usually will – the schedd will immediately start the now-job on that slot.

You must specify each job using both the cluster and proc IDs.


Print a usage reminder.
Print debugging output. Control the verbosity with the environment variables _CONDOR_TOOL_DEBUG, as usual.
-name scheduler [-pool central-manager]
Specify the scheduler('s name) and (optionally) the pool to find it in.

General Remarks

The now-job and the vacated-job must have the same owner; if you are not the queue super-user, you must own both jobs. The jobs must be on the same schedd, and both jobs must be in the vanilla universe. The now-job must be idle and the vacated-job must be running.


To begin running job 17.3 as soon as possible using job 4.2's slot:

 condor_now 17.3 4.2

To try to figure out why that doesn't work for the `magic' scheduler in the 'gandalf' pool, set the environment variable _CONDOR_TOOL_DEBUG to `D_FULLDEBUG' and then:

 condor_now -debug -schedd magic -pool gandalf 17.3 4.2

Exit Status

condor_nowwill exit with a status value of 0 (zero) if the schedd accepts its request to vacate the vacate-job and start the now-job in its place. It does notwait for the now-job to have started running.


Center for High Throughput Computing, University of Wisconsin–Madison