[slurm-users] Users do not have local groups when in a SLURM session (but do when 'su-ed')

Will Furnell - STFC UKRI will.furnell at stfc.ac.uk
Wed Jun 8 08:47:34 UTC 2022


We're facing a really weird issue that unfortunately we are completely stuck on. It appears that when users are running a job through SLURM they don't have the systems local groups applied to their user. They DO have the local groups if I 'su' to the user on the compute node. They also DO have the local groups if I do `id user1` when logged in as that user - but as far as the system is concerned they don't have these groups for reading/writing files etc.

I have read through the thread here: https://groups.google.com/g/slurm-users/c/r4DyJqgduAc which is exactly the same issue as mine but I can't see that it was resolved unfortunately. If anyone has any ideas of what I could try (I've tried initgroups as shown here as well with no luck: https://groups.google.com/g/slurm-users/c/ZTyIO_lYxac/m/4PAd_ykTAgAJ) that would be very much appreciated please!

The groups that _are_ shown are from Active Directory, through SSSD. Below I show some sample output that may assist with debugging and help explain my issue,

[user1 at ui-host~]$ salloc
salloc: Granted job allocation 530
bash-4.2$ id
uid=1003353(user1) gid=1003353 groups=1003353,1851018(SCARFFILEASR92),1851500(adhoc_storage),1851501(analysis_computers),1851502(fileserver),1851504(node_provisioning)
bash-4.2$ hostname

Interestingly, if I do `id user1` here then I DO get the output below. !?

[root at octocn01 ~]# su user1
bash-4.2$ id
uid=1003353(user1) gid=1003353 groups=1003353,1001(octopus_scarf_rwR92),9999(will_test),1851018(SCARFFILEASR92),1851500(adhoc_storage),1851501(analysis_computers),1851502(fileserver),1851504(node_provisioning)

cat /etc/group on octocn01

Thank you very much,

Will Furnell.

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