[slurm-users] Submit time instead of Start time for sacct

Ole Holm Nielsen Ole.H.Nielsen at fysik.dtu.dk
Mon Aug 9 19:10:41 UTC 2021

On 09-08-2021 17:24, Amjad Syed wrote:
> I am trying to filter number of jobs submitted in a month , not jobs 
> that started .
> if i use
> sacct -S 2021-07-07 -E 2021-08-07 --format=jobID,Submit -D
> JobIDSubmit
> ------------ -------------------
> 72749032021-06-09T11:30:46
> I get jobs that were submitted more then 30 days ago but started 
> within the start period and end period.
> In short does sacct not have flag to specify Submit time rather then 
> Start time ?

There doesn't seem to be any such flags for the sacct command.  The -S 
and -E flags are defined in the sacct man-page as:

        -S, --starttime
                  Select jobs in any state after the specified time.
        -E end_time, --endtime=end_time
                  Select jobs in any state before the specified time.

Your jobid 7274903 apparently was in "any state" between 2021-07-07 and 
2021-08-07, even though it was submitted earlier than the -S time.

To filter on submit time, you probably have to write your own script and 
filter out jobids that have a submit time before the -S time.

It is useful to know that Slurm ISO-8601 timestamps are sorted correctly 
by the Linux "sort" command, so you don't need fancy timestamp 
conversions.  See for example 


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