[slurm-users] pam_slurm_adopt not working for all users

Ole Holm Nielsen Ole.H.Nielsen at fysik.dtu.dk
Tue May 25 12:38:46 UTC 2021

Hi Loris,

I think you need, as pointed out by others, either of:

* SSH keys, see 

* SSH host-base authentication, see 


On 5/25/21 2:09 PM, Loris Bennett wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Thanks for all the replies.
> I think my main problem is that I expect logging in to a node with a job
> to work with pam_slurm_adopt but without any SSH keys.  My assumption
> was that MUNGE takes care of the authentication, since users' jobs start
> on nodes with the need for keys.
> Can someone confirm that this expectation is wrong and, if possible, why
> the analogy with jobs is incorrect?
> I have a vague memory that this used work on our old cluster with an
> older version of Slurm, but I could be thinking of a time before we set
> up pam_slurm_adopt.
> Cheers,
> Loris
> Brian Andrus <toomuchit at gmail.com> writes:
>> Oh, you could also use the ssh-agent to mange the keys, then use 'ssh-add
>> ~/.ssh/id_rsa' to type the passphrase once for your whole session (from that
>> system).
>> Brian Andrus
>> On 5/21/2021 5:53 AM, Loris Bennett wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> We have set up pam_slurm_adopt using the official Slurm documentation
>>> and Ole's information on the subject.  It works for a user who has SSH
>>> keys set up, albeit the passphrase is needed:
>>>     $ salloc --partition=gpu --gres=gpu:1 --qos=hiprio --ntasks=1 --time=00:30:00 --mem=100
>>>     salloc: Granted job allocation 7202461
>>>     salloc: Waiting for resource configuration
>>>     salloc: Nodes g003 are ready for job
>>>     $ ssh g003
>>>     Warning: Permanently added 'g003' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
>>>     Enter passphrase for key '/home/loris/.ssh/id_rsa':
>>>     Last login: Wed May  5 08:50:00 2021 from login.curta.zedat.fu-berlin.de
>>>     $ ssh g004
>>>     Warning: Permanently added 'g004' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
>>>     Enter passphrase for key '/home/loris/.ssh/id_rsa':
>>>     Access denied: user loris (uid=182317) has no active jobs on this node.
>>>     Access denied by pam_slurm_adopt: you have no active jobs on this node
>>>     Authentication failed.
>>> If SSH keys are not set up, then the user is asked for a password:
>>>     $ squeue --me
>>>                7201647      main test_job nokeylee  R    3:45:24      1 c005
>>>                7201646      main test_job nokeylee  R    3:46:09      1 c005
>>>     $ ssh c005
>>>     Warning: Permanently added 'c005' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
>>>     nokeylee at c005's password:
>>> My assumption was that a user should be able to log into a node on which
>>> that person has a running job without any further ado, i.e. without the
>>> necessity to set up anything else or to enter any credentials.
>>> Is this assumption correct?
>>> If so, how can I best debug what I have done wrong?

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