[Beowulf] Users abusing screen

Prentice Bisbal prentice at ias.edu
Mon Oct 24 10:22:50 EDT 2011

Anything is possible if you're a good enough programmer. Like I said
earlier, there are some users legitimately running long jobs on the
systems in question. Instead of developing a clever program to
automatically kill long running screen jobs, I think it would be better
to be up front with my users and remove screen, rather than let them use
it, only to surprise them later by killing their jobs.

On 10/24/2011 09:55 AM, geert geurts wrote:
> Hello Prentice,
> Screen is a essential app, for sure.
> But as an answer to the initial question...
> I'm not much of a programmer, but can't you replace the binary with a
> custom compiled version which runs two threads? One with the initial
> program, and one which sleeps for the maximum amount of time you're
> willing to allow screen sessions to last, and kills the session when
> the time runs out...
> Or maybe build some script around the actual binary to do the same..
> Regards,
> Geert
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