Process Accounting on a Linux Cluster

Horatio B. Bogbindero wyy at cersa.admu.edu.ph
Mon Oct 23 12:31:48 EDT 2000


is there a website or a description for the facct tool?

On Mon, 23 Oct 2000, Dan Yocum wrote:

> Gary Stiehr wrote:
> 
> > 1.) Has anyone had experience with process accounting on a Linux
> > cluster?  We are interested in knowing who is using what resources
> > (simply for our information).  I found a package psacct that is(was?)
> > maintained by the FSF. (I looked at gnu.org but didn't see much
> > information about it.)  Anyway, I can use this program on each
> > individual node and then collect all of the statistics individually, but
> > I was just wondering if anyone had come up with a different way (or if
> > you know of any other Linux process accounting packages).
> 
> At Fermilab they use psacct with a frontend called facct (Fermi
> accounting; cute, eh?  ;), since psacct just provides the data, but
> doesn't really present it in a meaningful format.  
> 
> In any case, facct is open source and available here as an RPM package:
> 
> ftp://linux1.fnal.gov/linux/611/i386/Fermi/workgroups/Farms/RPMS/facct-2.0-2.i386.rpm
> 
> The source RPM is up one dir and under SRPMS/facct-2.0-2.src.rpm.
> 
> I have not used this package, so you should direct any and all questions
> to Terry Jones: jonest at fnal.gov.  Tell 'im I sent ya - you'll get a good
> snide remark out of that.  ;-)
> 
> 
> > 3.) Does anyone limit the amount of resources that each user can use?
> > Or assign certain nodes to certain users?  If so, which types of
> > programs do you use.
> 
> Generally, this is written into the job submission software - LSF has
> this capability, and I'm sure other packages do, too.  
> 
> Cheers,
> Dan
> 
> 
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