[slurm-users] sacct does always print all jobs regardless filter parameters with accounting_storage/filetxt

Dr. Thomas Orgis thomas.orgis at uni-hamburg.de
Wed Jan 29 18:47:25 UTC 2020


I happen to run a small cluster that doesn't use a slurmdbd but the
plain log in a text file, accounting_storage/filetxt in slurm.conf. It
is running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and the slurm 15.08.7 provided with that.

Can someone tell me if it is normal (or at least a known bug) that with
this setup,

	sacct -X -N node04

always returns the full list of all jobs recorded in the accounting
file? Likewise for filtering for start/endtime with -S/-E, no effect at
all. It is also apparent that it really takes a long time for sacct to
digest the text file, even if it is reduced to less than 50000 jobs and
about 6M in size. To give a figure: 24 seconds user time, keeping one
core of a Xeon E5-2609 v2 @ 2.5 GHz busy.

Alrighty then,


PS: Please no pointers about better running a proper database with
slurmdbd … I know that that works;-)

Dr. Thomas Orgis
HPC @ Universität Hamburg

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