[slurm-users] Normal user cancelling a job

Marcus Wagner wagner at itc.rwth-aachen.de
Wed Mar 18 11:58:36 UTC 2020

Hi Gestio,

yes, that is something, we have done several times.
The coordinators are able to cancel other users jobs in the account.
We have instructed the corrdinators, to not change anything regarding 
the accounting database (the things describben in the manual), it is 
primarily used to cancel jobs.


Am 17.03.2020 um 15:48 schrieb Gestió Servidors:
> With this command can I add a "normal" user to SLURM with "scancel" 
> privileges over jobs in the same group?
> sacctmgr add coordinator account=<accountname> names=<username>
> At official SLURM documentation 
> (https://slurm.schedmd.com/sacctmgr.html), I have read this:
> account
>      A bank account, typically specified at job submit time using the 
> --account= option. These may be arranged in a hierarchical fashion, for 
> example accounts chemistry and physics may be children of the account 
> science. The hierarchy may have an arbitrary depth.
> [...]
> coordinator
>      A special privileged user usually an account manager or such that 
> can add users or sub accounts to the account they are coordinator over. 
> This should be a trusted person since they can change limits on account 
> and user associations inside their realm.
> [...]
> So I understand a "coordinator" role assigned to a user allows that user 
> to do some other tasks... but not to cancel jobs with "scancel" (jobs, 
> of course, of others users in the same group)
> Thanks.

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