[slurm-users] [External] Re: pam_slurm_adopt not working for all users

Prentice Bisbal pbisbal at pppl.gov
Thu May 27 15:55:10 UTC 2021


Your analogy is incorrect, because Slurm doesn't use SSH to launch jobs, 
it uses it's own communication protocol, which uses munge for 
authentication. Some schedulers used to use ssh to launch jobs, but most 
have moved to using their own communications protocol outside of SSH. 
It's possible that Slurm used SSH in the early days, too. I wouldn't 
know. I've only been using Slurm for the past 5 years.

In those cases, you usually needed host-based SSH so that the scheduler 
daemon could launch jobs on the compute nodes. In that situation, you 
would be able to ssh from one node to another without per-user ssh keys, 
since they'd already be setup on a per-host basis. Perhaps that's what 
you are remembering.


On 5/25/21 8:09 AM, 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?
>>> Cheers,
>>> Loris

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