condor_vacate man page

condor_vacate Vacate jobs that are running on the specified hosts


condor_vacate [ -help -version ]

condor_vacate [ -graceful -fast ] [ -debug ] [ -pool centralmanagerhostname[:portnumber] ] [ -name hostname hostname -addr <a.b.c.d:port> <a.b.c.d:port> -constraint expression -all ]


condor_vacate causes HTCondor to checkpoint any running jobs on a set of machines and force the jobs to vacate the machine. The job(s) remains in the submitting machine's job queue.

Given the (default) -graceful option, a job running under the standard universe will first produce a checkpoint and then the job will be killed. HTCondor will then restart the job somewhere else, using the checkpoint to continue from where it left off. A job running under the vanilla universe is killed, and HTCondor restarts the job from the beginning somewhere else. condor_vacate has no effect on a machine with no HTCondor job currently running.

There is generally no need for the user or administrator to explicitly run condor_vacate . HTCondor takes care of jobs in this way automatically following the policies given in configuration files.


Display usage information
Display version information
Inform the job to checkpoint, then soft-kill it.
Hard-kill jobs instead of checkpointing them
Causes debugging information to be sent to stderr , based on the value of the configuration variable TOOL_DEBUG
-pool centralmanagerhostname[:portnumber]
Specify a pool by giving the central manager's host name and an optional port number
-name hostname
Send the command to a machine identified by hostname


Send the command to a machine identified by hostname
-addr <a.b.c.d:port>
Send the command to a machine's master located at <a.b.c.d:port>


Send the command to a machine located at <a.b.c.d:port>
-constraint expression
Apply this command only to machines matching the given ClassAd expression
Send the command to all machines in the pool

Exit Status

condor_vacate will exit with a status value of 0 (zero) upon success, and it will exit with the value 1 (one) upon failure.


To send a condor_vacate command to two named machines:

% condor_vacate robin cardinal

To send the condor_vacate command to a machine within a pool of machines other than the local pool, use the -pool option. The argument is the name of the central manager for the pool. Note that one or more machines within the pool must be specified as the targets for the command. This command sends the command to a the single machine named cae17 within the pool of machines that has condor.cae.wisc.edu as its central manager:

% condor_vacate -pool condor.cae.wisc.edu -name cae17


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