[gridengine users] C|!!!!!!!!!! got NULL element for EH_name !!!!!!!!!!

Daniel Povey dpovey at gmail.com
Sat Nov 10 22:04:28 UTC 2018

Sorry, what I wrote was confusing due to an errant paste.  Edited below.

On Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 5:03 PM Daniel Povey <dpovey at gmail.com> wrote:

> I was able to fix it, although I suspect that my fix may have been
> disruptive to the jobs.
> Firstly, I  believe the problem was that gridengine does not handle a
> deleted job (state 'dr') that is on a host that has been deleted, and it
> dies when it sees it.   Presumably the bug is in allowing it to be deleted
> in the first place.
> Anyway, my fix (after backing up the directory /var/spool/gridengine) was
> to move the file /var/spool/gridengine/spooldb/sge_job to a temporary
> location, restart the qmaster, add the host back with qconf -ah, stop the
> qmaster, restore the old database  /var/spool/gridengine/spooldb/sge_job,
> and restart the qmaster.
> Before doing that whole procedure, to stop the hosts getting confused I
> stopped all the gridengine-exec services.  That probably wasn't optimal
> because clients like qsub and qstat would still have been able to access
> the queue in the interim, and it definitely would have confused them and
> killed some processes.  Unfortunately I had to do this on short notice and
> wasn't sure how to use iptables to close off those ports from outside the
> qmaster while I did the maintenance-- that would have been a better
> solution.
> Also I encountered a hiccup that `systemctl stop gridengine-qmaster`
> didn't actually work the second time, the process was still running, with
> the old database, so I had to manually kill it and retry.
> Anyway this whole episode is making me think more seriously about moving
> to Univa GridEngine.  I've known for a long time that the free version has
> a lot of bugs, and I just don't have time to deal with this type of thing.
> On Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 4:49 PM Marshall2, John (SSC/SPC) <
> john.marshall2 at canada.ca> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I've never seen this but I would start with:
>> 1) strace qmaster during restart to try to see at which point it is dying
>> (e.g.,
>> loading a config file)
>> 2) look for any reference to the name of the host you deleted in the spool
>> area and do some cleanup
>> 3) clean out the jobs spool area
>> HTH,
>> John
>> On Sat, 2018-11-10 at 16:23 -0500, Daniel Povey wrote:
>> Has anyone found this error, and managed to fix it?
>> I am in a very difficult situation.
>> I deleted a host (qconf -de hostname) thinking that the machine no longer
>> existed, but it did exist, and there was a job in 'dr' state there.
>> After I attempted to force-delete that job (qdel -f job-id), the queue
>> master died with out-of-memory, and now I can't restart qmaster.
>> So now I don't know hw to fix it.  Am I just completely lost now?
>> Dan
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