Re: DFSG-free queueing systems?
Oh well, nice to find you there ;-)
I'm having an internship in EDF/R&D about packaging clustering
stuff - the goal is to bring OSCAR on Debian.
> So far, we have been using OpenPBS (preinstalled) as
> a queueing system. Since PBS went commercial recently, we'd prefer
> to use a free (as in source code modifyable/redistributable) queueing
> system for the new setup.
OSCAR provides openpbs-2.3.16 - that may not be DFSG-compliant but
shouldn't be too far from it. We've applied a set of patches coming
from OSCAR and from here (EDF): about 20 patches or so. The package is
currently up and running on a 16 nodes XEON bi-pro cluster - and it
runs fine; lintian mostly reports a warning about images not put in
independent dirs and a TK GUI sh-bang not known (in openpbs-x11)
> We've also had certain problems with PBS which we hope to eliminate
> with a new queueing system (a mix of parallel and sequencial jobs
> isn't scheduled very well.)
I guess you use the featured scheduler (openpbs's) which is told not
to work fine here. We use maui-3.2.6p9 scheduler instead, which seams
to work better (again, according to local experts). Once more, I
didn't take time to read licenses to diagnose DFSG compliance or not,
but package dedicated to openpbs is up and running
> Meanwhile, I've been trying to package SGE myself but I didn't make
> much progress either. Beating SGE into the FHS is
> quite a tiresome task. You can have a look at my latest
> packaging attempt in my tla archive at:
> email@example.com http://gluck.debian.org/~mlang/gluck--2004
I'll take a look - I know maui works with SGE too; but those
maintaining maui rather recommend torque, which is a maintained fork
of a previous branch of openpbs (2.3.12).
I think my work on packaging openpbs-2.3.16 could be a good basis
to update to torque (building chain has still to be patched a little
to be usable with current Debian's chain): in fact it's in my TODO
> What are other Debian using cluster administrators using for
> a queueing system? Is anyone interested in a colaboration
> to finally get some DFSG-free queueing system packaged for Debian?
well, I'll be interested working on torque with you - but please,
would you take a look at its license first, to figure out about DFSG
I'll give you an URL from there to download my openpbs package
any other help appreciated :-)
ps: I think you could join us on firstname.lastname@example.org, as discussions on
adapting it to Debian is in the pipe now; there's also a tiki.