[slurm-users] Hide Filesystem From Slurm

Christopher Samuel chris at csamuel.org
Thu Jul 11 15:37:55 UTC 2019

On 7/11/19 8:19 AM, Douglas Duckworth wrote:

> I am wondering if it's possible to hide a file system, that's world 
> writable on compute node, logically within Slurm.  That way any job a 
> user runs cannot possible access this file system.
> Essentially we define $TMPDIR as /scratch, which Slurm cleans up in 
> epilogue scripts, but some users still keep writing to /tmp instead 
> which we do not want.  We would use tmpwatch to clean up /tmp but I 
> would rather just prevent people from writing to it within Slurm.

I've done this at ${JOB-1} and ${JOB-2} using the spank plugin that uses 
kernel namespace support to make a private directory in our scratch 
filesystem look like /tmp to jobs on our diskless nodes.

This was especially important for scripts that wrapped Java and so could 
not be told to use an alternative directory.


You'll need a job epilog to clean them up afterwards of course.

All the best,
   Chris Samuel  :  http://www.csamuel.org/  :  Berkeley, CA, USA

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