[slurm-users] Upgrading a slurm on a cluster, 17.02 --> 18.08

Paul Edmon pedmon at cfa.harvard.edu
Tue Sep 25 08:19:16 MDT 2018

I use rpm's for our installs here.  I usually pause all the jobs prior 
to the upgrade, then I follow the guide here:


I haven't done the upgrade to 18.08 though yet, and so I haven't had to 
contend with the automatic restart that seems to be the case with the 
new rpm spec script (we went to 17.11 prior to the rpm spec reorg).  
Frankly I wish that they didn't do the automatic restart as I like to 
manage that myself.

As Chris said though you definitely want to do the slurmdbd upgrade from 
the commandline.  I've had it where when just restarting the service it 
times out and the database only gets partially update.  In which case I 
had to restore from the mysqldump I had made and tried again.  Also 
highly recommend doing mysqldumps prior to major version updates.

-Paul Edmon-

On 09/25/2018 09:54 AM, Baker D.J. wrote:
> Thank you for your comments. I could potentially force the upgrade of 
> the slurm and slurm-slumdbd rpms using something like:
> rpm -Uvh --noscripts --nodeps --force slurm-18.08.0-1.el7.x86_64.rpm 
> slurm-slurmdbd-18.08.0-1.el7.x86_64.rpm
> That will certainly work, however the slurmctld (or in the case of my 
> test node, the slurmd) will be killed. The logic is that at v17.02 the 
> slurm rpm provides slurmctld and slurmd. So upgrading that rpm will 
> destroy/kill the existing slurmctld or slurmd processes. That is...
> # rpm -q --whatprovides /usr/sbin/slurmctld
> slurm-17.02.8-1.el7.x86_64
> So if I force the upgrade of that rpm then I delete and kill 
> /usr/sbin/slurmctld. In the new rpm structure slurmctld is now 
> provided by its own rpm.
> I would have thought that someone would have crossed this bridge, but 
> maybe most admins don't use rpms...
> Best regards,
> David
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* slurm-users <slurm-users-bounces at lists.schedmd.com> on behalf 
> of Chris Samuel <chris at csamuel.org>
> *Sent:* 25 September 2018 13:00
> *To:* slurm-users at lists.schedmd.com
> *Subject:* Re: [slurm-users] Upgrading a slurm on a cluster, 17.02 --> 
> 18.08
> On Tuesday, 25 September 2018 9:41:10 PM AEST Baker D. J.  wrote:
> > I guess that the only solution is to upgrade all the slurm at once. That
> > means that the slurmctld will be killed (unless it has been stopped 
> first).
> We don't use RPMs from Slurm [1], but the rpm command does have a 
> --noscripts
> option to (allegedly, I've never used it) suppress the execution of 
> pre/post
> install scripts.
> A big warning would be do not use systemctl to start the new slurmdbd 
> for the
> first time when upgrading!
> Stop the older one first (and then take a database dump) and then run 
> the new
> slurmdbd process with the "-Dvvv" options (inside screen, just in 
> case) so
> that you can watch its progress and systemd won't decide it's been 
> taking too
> long to start and try and kill it part way through the database upgrades).
> Once that's completed successfully then you can ^C it and start it up 
> via the
> systemctl once more.
> Hope that's useful!
> All the best,
> Chris
> [1] - I've always installed into ${shared_local_area}/slurm/${version} 
> and had
> a symlink called "latest" that points at the currently blessed version of
> Slurm.  Then I stop slurmdbd, upgrade that as above, then I can do 
> slurmctld
> (with partitions marked down, just in case).  Once those are done I can
> restart slurmd's around the cluster.
> -- 
>  Chris Samuel  : 
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