[gridengine users] case-insensitive user names?

Tina Friedrich tina.friedrich at it.ox.ac.uk
Thu Apr 12 21:31:24 UTC 2018

I dealt with a similar problem by way of using the pam-regex[1] module to 
simply transform all entered usernames to lower case... as long as your user 
names (on the Linux side) are all *supposed* to be lower case, that should do 
the trick :) 

(Had the bonus of also solving all sorts of other problem, e.g. things like 
file access, if people randomly capitalized their user names.)


[1] http://puszcza.gnu.org.ua/software/pam-modules/manual/html_chapter/

On Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:40:03 BST bergman at merctech.com wrote:
> We're using SoGE 8.1.6 in an environment where users may login to the
> cluster from a Linux workstation (typically using a lower-case login
> name) or a Windows desktop, where their login name (as supplied by the
> enterprise Active Directory) is usually mixed-case.
> On the cluster, we've created two passwd entries per-user with an
> identical UID, so there's no distinction in file ownership or any
> permissions or access rights at the Linux shell level. Most users don't
> notice (or care) about the case that's shown when they login.
> However, SoGE seems to use the login name literally, not the UID.
> This causes two problems:
> 	job management
> 		User "smithj" cannot manage (qdel, qalter) jobs
> 		that they submitted as "SmithJ"
> 	scheduler weighting
> 		Using fair-share scheduling, John Smith will get
> 		a disproportinate share of resources if he submits
> 		jobs as both "smithj" and "SmithJ" vs. Jane Doe
> 		who only submits jobs from her Linux machine as
> 		"doej".
> Is there a way to configure SoGE to treat login IDs with a
> case-insensitive match, or to use UIDs?
> We use a JSV pretty extensively, but I didn't see a way to alter login
> names via a JSV -- any suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Mark
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