Learning About Your Jobs Using condor_q
condor_q command can be used for much more than
just checking on whether your jobs are running or not! Read on
to learn how you can use
condor_q to answer many
common questions about running jobs.
condor_q output, in "batches"
- View all of your jobs (old condor_q output).
- View jobs from all users.
- Determine why jobs are on hold.
- Determine why a job is not running
- Find out where jobs are running.
- View jobs by DAG.
- View all details about a job.
- View specific details about a job using auto-format.
- View only specific types of jobs using a constraint
condor_q: Show my jobs that have been submitted on this server.
-nobatch: Starting in version HTCondor 8.6.0 installed in
July 2016, data is displayed in a compact mode (one line per cluster). With
this option output will be displayed in the old format (one line per process)
-all: Show all the jobs submitted on the submit server.
-hold: Show only jobs in the "on hold" state and the reason for
that. Held jobs are those that got an error so they could not finish. An action
from the user is expected to solve the problem.
-better-analyze JobId: -better-analyze : Analyse a
specific job and show the reason why it is in its current state.
-run: Show your running jobs and related info, like how much time
they have been running, in which machine, etc.
-dag: Organize condor_q output by DAG.
-long JobId: Show all information related to that job.
-af Attr1 Attr2 ...: List specific attributes of jobs, using autoformat.
Examples and Further Explanation
1. Default condor_q output
As of July 19, 2016, the default
condor_q output will show
a single user's jobs, grouped in "batches", as shown below:
OWNER BATCH_NAME SUBMITTED DONE RUN IDLE HOLD TOTAL JOB_IDS
alice CMD: sb 6/22 13:05 _ 32 _ _ _ 14297940.23-99
alice DAG: 14306351 6/22 13:47 27 113 65 _ 205 14306411.0 ...
alice CMD: job.sh 6/22 13:56 _ _ 12 _ _ 14308195.6-58
alice DAG: 14361197 6/22 16:04 995 1 _ _ 1000 14367836.0
HTCondor will automatically group jobs into "batches" for this display.
However, it's also possible for you
to specify groups of jobs as a "batch" yourself. You can either:
Either option will create a batch of jobs with the label "CoolJobs".
2. View all jobs.
To display more detailed condor_q output (where each job is
listed on a separate line), you can use the batch name or any
existing grouping constraint (
ClusterId or other "-constraint"
options - see below for more
on constraints) and the
Looking at a batch of jobs with the same
ClusterId would look like this:
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -nobatch 195
ID OWNER SUBMITTED RUN_TIME ST PRI SIZE CMD
195.10 alice 6/22 13:00 0+00:00:00 H 0 0.0 job.sh
195.14 alice 6/22 13:00 0+00:01:44 R 0 0.0 job.sh
195.16 alice 6/22 13:00 0+00:00:26 R 0 0.0 job.sh
195.39 alice 6/22 13:00 0+00:00:05 R 0 0.0 job.sh
195.40 alice 6/22 13:00 0+00:00:00 I 0 0.0 job.sh
195.41 alice 6/22 13:00 0+00:00:00 I 0 0.0 job.sh
195.53 alice 6/22 13:00 0+00:00:00 I 0 0.0 job.sh
195.57 alice 6/22 13:00 0+00:00:00 I 0 0.0 job.sh
195.58 alice 6/22 13:00 0+00:00:00 I 0 0.0 job.sh
9 jobs; 0 completed, 0 removed, 5 idle, 3 running, 1 held, 0 suspended
This was the default view for
condor_q from January 2016
until July 2016.
3. View jobs from all users.
condor_q will just show you information about
your jobs. To get information about all jobs in the queue, type:
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -all
This will show a list of all job batches in the queue.
To see a list of all jobs (individually, not in batches)
for all users, combine the
-nobatch options with
condor_q. This was the
default view for
condor_q before January 2016.
4. Determine why jobs are on hold.
If your jobs have gone on hold, you can see the hold reason by
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -hold
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -hold JobId
The first will show you the hold reasons for all of your jobs that
are on hold; the second will show you the hold reason for a specific
job. The hold reason is sometimes cut-off; try the following to see
the entire hold reason:
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -hold -af HoldReason
If you aren't sure what your hold reason means, see our
or email email@example.com.
5. Find out why jobs are idle
condor_q has an option to describe why a job hasn't
matched and started running. Find the JobId of a job that hasn't
started running yet and use the following command:
$ condor_q -better-analyze JobId
After a minute or so, this command should print out some information
about why your job isn't matching and starting. This information is
not always easy to understand, so please email us with the output of
this command if you have questions about what it means.
6. Find out where jobs are running.
To see which computers your jobs are running on, use:
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -nobatch -run
428.0 alice 6/22 17:27 0+00:07:17 firstname.lastname@example.org
428.1 alice 6/22 17:27 0+00:07:11 email@example.com
428.2 alice 6/22 17:27 0+00:07:16 firstname.lastname@example.org
428.3 alice 6/22 17:27 0+00:07:16 email@example.com
428.5 alice 6/22 17:27 0+00:07:16 firstname.lastname@example.org
428.7 alice 6/22 17:27 0+00:07:16 email@example.com
428.8 alice 6/22 17:27 0+00:07:16 firstname.lastname@example.org
7. View jobs by DAG.
If you have submitted multiple DAGs to the queue, it can be hard to
tell which jobs belong to which DAG. The
-dag option to
condor_q will sort your queue output by DAG:
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -nobatch -dag
ID OWNER/NODENAME SUBMITTED RUN_TIME ST PRI SIZE CMD
460.0 alice 11/18 16:51 0+00:00:17 R 0 0.3 condor_dagman -p 0
462.0 |-0 11/18 16:51 0+00:00:00 I 0 0.0 print.sh
463.0 |-1 11/18 16:51 0+00:00:00 I 0 0.0 print.sh
464.0 |-2 11/18 16:51 0+00:00:00 I 0 0.0 print.sh
461.0 alice 11/18 16:51 0+00:00:09 R 0 0.3 condor_dagman -p 0
465.0 |-0 11/18 16:51 0+00:00:00 I 0 0.0 print.sh
466.0 |-1 11/18 16:51 0+00:00:00 I 0 0.0 print.sh
467.0 |-2 11/18 16:51 0+00:00:00 I 0 0.0 print.sh
8 jobs; 0 completed, 0 removed, 6 idle, 2 running, 0 held, 0 suspended
8. View all details about a job.
Each job you submit has a series of attributes that are tracked
by HTCondor. You can see the full set of attributes for a single
job by using the "long" option for
condor_q like so:
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -l JobId
Iwd = "/home/alice/analysis/39909"
JobPrio = 0
RequestCpus = 1
JobStatus = 1
ClusterId = 19997268
JobUniverse = 5
RequestDisk = 10485760
RequestMemory = 4096
DAGManJobId = 19448402
Attributes that are often useful for checking on jobs are:
Iwd: the job's submission directory on the submit node
UserLog: the log file for a job
RequestMemory, RequestDisk: how much memory and disk you've requested per job
MemoryUsage: how much memory the job has used so far
JobStatus: numerical code indicating whether a job is idle, running, or held
HoldReason: why a job is on hold
DAGManJobId: for jobs managed by a DAG, this is the JobId of the parent DAG
9. View specific details about a job using auto-format
If you would like to see specific attributes (see above) for a job or group of
jobs, you can use
the "auto-format" (
condor_q which will print out
only the attributes you name for a single job or group of jobs.
For example, if I would like to see the amount of memory and disk I've
requested for all of my jobs, and how much memory is currently behing used,
I can run:
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -af RequestMemory RequestDisk MemoryUsage
1 325 undefined
1 325 undefined
2000 1000 245
2000 1000 220
2000 1000 245
10. Constraining the output of condor_q.
If you would like to find jobs that meet certain conditions, you can use
condor_q's "constraint" option. For example, suppose you want
to find all of the jobs associated with the DAGMan Job ID "234567". You
can search using:
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -constraint "DAGManJobId == 234567"
To use a name (for example, a batch name) as a constraint, you'll
need to use multiple sets of quotation marks:
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -constraint 'JobBatchName == "MyJobs"'
One common use of constraints is to find all
jobs that are running, held, or idle. To do this, use
a constraint with the
JobStatus attribute and the appropriate
status number - the status codes can be found in
A of the HTCondor Manual.
condor_q -hold from before?
In the background, the
-hold option is constraining the list of jobs
to jobs that are on hold (using the
JobStatus attribute) and then
printing out the
HoldReason attribute. Try running:
[alice@submit]$ condor_q -constraint "JobStatus == 5" -af ClusterId ProcId HoldReason
You should see something very similar to running
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