[slurm-users] Meaning of "defunct" in description of Slurm parameters

Riebs, Andy andy.riebs at hpe.com
Mon Jul 20 12:26:57 UTC 2020

Ummm... unless I'm missing something obvious, though the choice of the term "defunct" might not be my choice (I would have expected "deprecated"), it seems quite clear that the new "SlurmctldHost" parameter has subsumed the 4 that you've listed. I wasn't privy to the decision to the discussion about adding the new parameter, so the value isn't enormously clear, except for the option of adding a second backup host (for a total of 3 "ControlMachine" candidates).


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From: slurm-users [mailto:slurm-users-bounces at lists.schedmd.com] On Behalf Of Kevin Buckley
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Subject: [slurm-users] Meaning of "defunct" in description of Slurm parameters

At https://slurm.schedmd.com/slurm.conf.html 

we read

     Defunct option, see SlurmctldHost.

     Defunct option, see SlurmctldHost. ...

     Defunct option, see SlurmctldHost.

     Defunct option, see SlurmctldHost.

but what does "Defunct" actually mean there?

A top-ranked internet search result suggests that it means

  "no longer existing or functioning."

but if that's the case, then if, say, your only defintion of
a "ControlMachine" in your 20.02's slurm.conf was in the
defunct ControlMachine parameter, how would your Slurm
instance know what name the "ControlMachine" had ?

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