globus-gatekeeper man page

globus-gatekeeper — Authorize and execute a grid service on behalf of a user


globus-gatekeeper [-help]
[-test] [-d | -debug]
{-inetd | -f}
[-p PORT | -port PORT]
[-home PATH] [-l LOGFILE | -logfile LOGFILE] [-lf LOG_FACILITY]
[-acctfile ACCTFILE]
[-launch_method {fork_and_exit | fork_and_wait | dont_fork}]
[-grid_services SERVICEDIR]
[-globusid GLOBUSID]
[-gridmap GRIDMAP]
[-x509_cert_dir TRUSTED_CERT_DIR]
[-x509_cert_file TRUSTED_CERT_FILE]
[-x509_user_cert CERT_PATH]
[-x509_user_key KEY_PATH]
[-x509_user_proxy PROXY_PATH]
[-globuskmap KMAP]
[-pidfile PIDFILE]


The globus-gatekeeper program is a meta-server similar to inetd or xinetd that starts other services after authenticating a TCP connection using GSSAPI and mapping the client´s credential to a local account.

The most common use for the globus-gatekeeper program is to start instances of the globus-job-manager(8) service. A single globus-gatekeeper deployment can handle multiple different service configurations by having entries in the /etc/grid-services directory.

Typically, users interact with the globus-gatekeeper program via client applications such as globusrun(1), globus-job-submit, or tools such as CoG jglobus or Condor-G.

The full set of command-line options to globus-gatekeeper consists of:


Display a help message to standard error and exit


Load configuration parameters from PARAMETER_FILE. The parameters in that file are treated as additional command-line options.


Parse the configuration file and print out the POSIX user id of the globus-gatekeeper process, service home directory, service execution directory, and X.509 subject name and then exits.

-d, -debug

Run the globus-gatekeeper process in the foreground.


Flag to indicate that the globus-gatekeeper process was started via inetd or a similar super-server. If this flag is set and the globus-gatekeeper was not started via inetd, a warning will be printed in the gatekeeper log.


Flag to indicate that the globus-gatekeeper process should run in the foreground. This flag has no effect when the globus-gatekeeper is started via inetd.

-p PORT, -port PORT

Listen for connections on the TCP/IP port PORT. This option has no effect if the globus-gatekeeper is started via inetd or a similar service. If not specified and the gatekeeper is running as root, the default of 2119 is used. Otherwise, the gatekeeper defaults to an ephemeral port.

-home PATH

Sets the gatekeeper deployment directory to PATH. This is used to interpret relative paths for accounting files, libexecdir, certificate paths, and also to set the GLOBUS_LOCATION environment variable in the service environment. If not specified, the gatekeeper looks for service executables in /usr/sbin, configuration in /etc, and writes logs and accounting files to /var/log.

-l LOGFILE, -logfile LOGFILE

Write log entries to LOGFILE. If LOGFILE is equal to logoff or LOGOFF, then logging will be disabled, both to file and to syslog.


Open syslog using the LOG_FACILITY. If not specified, LOG_DAEMON will be used as the default when using syslog.

-acctfile ACCTFILE

Set the path to write accounting records to ACCTFILE. If not set, records will be written to the log file.


Look for service executables in LIBEXECDIR. If not specified, the sbin subdirectory of the parameter to -home is used, or /usr/sbin if that is not set.

-launch_method fork_and_exit|fork_and_wait|dont_fork

Determine how to launch services. The method may be either fork_and_exit (the service runs completely independently of the gatekeeper, which exits after creating the new service process), fork_and_wait (the service is run in a separate process from the gatekeeper but the gatekeeper does not exit until the service terminates), or dont_fork, where the gatekeeper process becomes the service process via the exec() system call.

-grid_services SERVICEDIR

Look for service descriptions in SERVICEDIR.

-globusid GLOBUSID

Sets the GLOBUSID environment variable to GLOBUSID. This variable is used to construct the gatekeeper contact string if it can not be parsed from the service credential.

-gridmap GRIDMAP

Use the file at GRIDMAP to map GSSAPI names to POSIX user names.

-x509_cert_dir TRUSTED_CERT_DIR

Use the directory TRUSTED_CERT_DIR to locate trusted CA X.509 certificates. The gatekeeper sets the environment variable X509_CERT_DIR to this value.

-x509_user_cert CERT_PATH

Read the service X.509 certificate from CERT_PATH. The gatekeeper sets the X509_USER_CERT environment variable to this value.

-x509_user_key KEY_PATH

Read the private key for the service from KEY_PATH. The gatekeeper sets the X509_USER_KEY environment variable to this value.

-x509_user_proxy PROXY_PATH

Read the X.509 proxy certificate from PROXY_PATH. The gatekeeper sets the X509_USER_PROXY environment variable to this value.


Use the globus-k5 command to acquire Kerberos 5 credentials before starting the service.

-globuskmap KMAP

Use KMAP as the path to the Grid credential to kerberos initialization mapping file.

-pidfile PIDFILE

Write the process id of the globus-gatekeeper to the file named by PIDFILE.


If the following variables affect the execution of globus-gatekeeper:


Directory containing X.509 trust anchors and signing policy files.


Path to file containing an X.509 proxy.


Path to file containing an X.509 user certificate.


Path to file containing an X.509 user key.


Default path to gatekeeper service files.



Service configuration for SERVICENAME.


Default file mapping Grid identities to POSIX identities.


Default file mapping Grid identities to Kerberos 5 principals.


File to disable the globus-gatekeeper program.


Default gatekeeper log.

See Also

globus-k5(8), globusrun(1), globus-job-manager(8)

Referenced By

globus-job-manager(8), globus-personal-gatekeeper(1).

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Globus Toolkit 01/06/2012