sge_aliases man page

sge_aliases — Sun Grid Engine path aliases file format


The Sun Grid Engine path aliasing facility provides administrators and users with the means to reflect complicated and in-homogeneous file system structures in distributed environments (such as user home directories mounted under different paths on different hosts) and to ensure that Sun Grid Engine is able to locate the appropriate working directories for executing batch jobs.

There is a system global path aliasing file and a user local file. sge_aliases defines the format of both:

Blank lines and lines with a '#' sign in the first column are skipped.
Each line other than a blank line or a line lead by '#' has to contain four strings separated by any number of blanks or tabs.
The first string specifies a source-path, the second a submit-host, the third an execution-host and the fourth the source-path replacement.
Both the submit- and the execution-host entries may consist of only a '*' sign which matches any host.

If the -cwd flag (and only if - otherwise the user's home directory on the execution host is selected to execute the job) to qsub(1) was specified, the path aliasing mechanism is activated and the files are processed as follows:

After qsub(1) has retrieved the physical current working directory path, the cluster global path aliasing file is read if present. The user path aliases file is read afterwards as if it were appended to the global file.
Lines not to be skipped are read from the top of the file one by one while the translations specified by those lines are stored if necessary.
A translation is stored only if the submit-host entry matches the host qsub(1) is executed on and if the source-path forms the initial part either of the current working directory or of the source-path replacements already stored.
As soon as both files are read the stored path aliasing information is passed along with the submitted job.
On the execution host, the aliasing information will be evaluated. The leading part of the current working directory will be replaced by the source-path replacement if the execution-host entry of the path alias matches the executing host. Note: The current working directory string will be changed in this case and subsequent path aliases must match the replaced working directory path to be applied.


The following is a simple example of a path aliasing file resolving problems with in-homogeneous paths if automount(8) is used:

# Path Aliasing File
# src-path   sub-host   exec-host   replacement
/tmp_mnt/    *          *           /
# replaces any occurrence of /tmp_mnt/ by /
# if submitting or executing on any host.
# Thus paths on nfs server and clients are the same


	global aliases file
$HOME/.sge_aliases	user local aliases file

See Also

sge_intro(1), qsub(1), Sun Grid Engine Installation and Administration Guide

Referenced By


$Date: 2004/04/19 10:52:09 $ SGE 6.2u5 Sun Grid Engine File Formats