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       arcsub - ARC Submission


       The arcsub command is used for submitting jobs to Grid enabled computing resources.


       arcsub [options] [filename ...]


       -c, --cluster=name
              select  one  or  more  computing  elements: name can be an alias for a single CE, a
              group of CEs or a URL

       -g, --index=name
              select one or more registries: name can be an alias for a single registry, a  group
              of registries or a URL

       -R, --rejectdiscovery=URL
              skip the service with the given URL during service discovery

       -S, --submissioninterface=InterfaceName
              only   use   this   interface   for   submitting   (e.g.  org.nordugrid.gridftpjob,
              org.ogf.glue.emies.activitycreation, org.ogf.bes)

       -I, --infointerface=InterfaceName
              the computing element specified by URL at the command line should be queried  using
              this     information    interface    (possible    options:    org.nordugrid.ldapng,
              org.nordugrid.ldapglue2, org.nordugrid.wsrfglue2, org.ogf.glue.emies.resourceinfo)

       -e, --jobdescrstring=String
              jobdescription string describing the job to be submitted

       -f, --jobdescrfile=filename
              jobdescription file describing the job to be submitted

       -j, --joblist=filename
              the file storing information about active jobs (default ~/.arc/jobs.xml)

       -o, --jobids-to-file=filename
              the IDs of the submitted jobs will be appended to this file

       -D, --dryrun
              submit jobs as dry run (no submission to batch system)

              submit directly - no resource discovery or matchmaking

       -x, --dumpdescription
              do not submit - dump job description in the language accepted by the target

       -P, --listplugins
              list the available plugins

       -t, --timeout=seconds
              timeout in seconds (default 20)

       -z, --conffile=filename
              configuration file (default ~/.arc/client.conf)

       -d, --debug=debuglevel

       -b, --broker=broker
              selected broker: Random (default), FastestQueue or custom. Use -P to find  possible

       -v, --version
              print version information

       -?, --help
              print help


       filename ...
              job description files describing the jobs to be submitted


       arcsub  is  the  key command when submitting jobs to Grid enabled computing resources with
       the ARC client. As default arcsub is able to submit  jobs  to  A-REX,  CREAM  and  EMI  ES
       enabled  computing  elements (CEs), and as always for successful submission you need to be
       authenticated at the targeted computing services. Since  arcsub  is  build  on  a  modular
       library,  modules  can  be  installed  which enables submission to other targets, e.g. the
       classic ARC CE Grid-Manager.

       Job submission can be accomplished by specifying a job description file to  submit  as  an
       argument.  arcsub will then by default perform resource discovery on the Grid and then the
       discovered resources will be matched to the job description and ranked  according  to  the
       chosen  broker  (--broker  option).  If  no  Grid  environment has been configured, please
       contact your system administrator, or setup one yourself in the client configuration  file
       (see  files  section).  Another  option  is  to  explicitly specify a registry service (or
       multiple) to arcsub using the --index option,  which  accepts  an  URL,  alias  or  group.
       Alternatively  a  specific CE (or multiple) can be targeted by using the --cluster option.
       If such a scenario is the most common, it is worthwhile to specify those CEs in the client
       configuration as default services, which makes it superfluous to specify them as argument.
       In the same manner aliases and groups, defined in the configuration file, can be utilized,
       and  can  be  used  as  argument to the --cluster or --index options.  In all of the above
       scenarios arcsub obtains resource information from the services which  is  then  used  for
       matchmaking  against  the  job description, however that step can be avoided by specifying
       the --direct option, in which case the job description  is  submitted  directly  to  first
       specified endpoint.

       The format of a classic GRIDFTP-based cluster URLs:
       Only  the  hostname  part  has  to  be  specified,  the  rest  of the URL is automatically

       The format of an A-REX URL is:
       Here the port is 443 by default, but  the  path  cannot  be  guessed,  so  if  it  is  not
       specified, then the service is assumed to live on the root path.

       Job  descriptions  can  also be specified using the --jobdescrfile option which expect the
       file name of the description as argument, or the --jobdescrstring option which  expect  as
       argument the job description as a string, and both options can be specified multiple times
       and one does not exclude the other. The default supported job  description  languages  are
       xRSL and EMIES ADL.

       If  the  job  description is successfully submitted a job-ID is returned and printed. This
       job-ID uniquely identifies the job while it is being executed.  On the other  hand  it  is
       also possible that no CEs matches the constraints defined in the description in which case
       no submission will be done.  Upon  successful  submission,  the  job-ID  along  with  more
       technical  job  information  is  stored in the job-list file (described below). The stored
       information enables the job management commands of the ARC client to manage  jobs  easily,
       and  thus the job-ID need not to be saved manually. By default the job-list file is stored
       in the .arc directory in the home directory of the user, however another location  can  be
       specified  using the --joblist option taking the location of this file as argument. If the
       --joblist option  was  used  during  submission,  it  should  also  be  specified  in  the
       consecutive  commands  when  managing  the  job.  If  a Computing Element has multiple job
       submission interfaces (e.g. gridftp, EMI-ES,  BES),  then  the  brokering  algorithm  will
       choose  one of them.  With the --submissioninterface option the requested interface can be
       specified, and in that case only those Computing Elements will  be  considered  which  has
       that specific interface, and only that interface will be used to submit the jobs.

       As  mentioned  above  registry or index services can be specified with the --index option.
       Specifying one or multiple index servers instructs the arcsub command to query the servers
       for  registered CEs, the returned CEs will then be matched against the job description and
       those matching will be ranked by the chosen broker (see  below)  and  submission  will  be
       tried  in  order  until  successful or reaching the end.  From the returned list of CEs it
       might happen that a troublesome or undesirable CE is selected for submission, in that case
       it  possible  to  reject that cluster using the --rejectdiscovery option and providing the
       URL (or just the hostname) of the CE, which  will  disregard  that  CE  as  a  target  for

       When  multiple CEs are targeted for submission, the resource broker will be used to filter
       out CEs which do not match the job description requirements and then  rank  the  remaining
       CEs. The broker used by default will rank the CEs randomly, however a different broker can
       be chosen by using the --broker option, which takes the name of the  broker  as  argument.
       The  broker  type  can also be specified in client.conf. The brokers available can be seen
       using arcsub -P.  By default the following brokers are available:

       Random (default)
              Chooses a random CE matching the job requirements.

              Ranks matching CEs according to the length of the job queue  at  the  CEs,  ranking
              those with shortest queue first/highest.

              Ranks matching CEs according to a specified benchmark, which should be specified by
              appending the broker name with ':' and then the name of the benchmark. If no option
              is  given  to  the  Benchmark  broker  then  CEs  will  be  ranked according to the
              'specint2000' benchmark.

       Data   Ranks matching CEs according to the amount of input data  cached  by  each  CE,  by
              querying the CE. Only CEs with the A-REX BES interface support this operation.

       Null   Choose a random CE with no filtering at all of CEs.

              User-defined  custom  brokers  can  be  created  in  Python. See the example broker
     or (like Data broker but uses the  ARC  Cache  Index)
              that  come  installed  with ARC for more details of how to write your own broker. A
              PythonBroker  is  specified  by  --broker  PythonBroker:Filename.Class:args,  where
              Filename  is  the  file  containing  the  class  Class  which implements the broker
              interface. The directory containing this file must be in the  PYTHONPATH.  args  is
              optional and allows specifying arguments to the broker.

       Before  submission,  arcsub  performs  an  intelligent modification of the job description
       (adding or modifying attributes, even converting the description language to fit the needs
       of  the  CE)  ensuring  that  it  is valid. The modified job description can be printed by
       specifying the --dumpdescription option. The format, i.e. job description language, of the
       printed  job  description  cannot be specified, and will be that which will be sent to and
       accepted by the chosen  target.  Further  information  from  arcsub  can  be  obtained  by
       increasing  the  verbosity,  which  is  done  with  the  --debug  option where the default
       verbosity level is WARNING. Setting the level to  DEBUG  will  show  all  messages,  while
       setting it to FATAL will only show fatal log messages.

       To  validate  your  job  description  without  actually submitting a job, use the --dryrun
       option: it will capture possible syntax or other errors, but will instruct the site not to
       submit  the  job  for execution. Only the grid-manager (ARC0) and A-REX (ARC1) CEs support
       this feature.


       Submission of a job description file "helloworld.adl" to the Grid
       arcsub helloworld.adl

       A information index server (registry) can also be queried for CEs to submit to:
       arcsub -g helloworld.adl

       Submission of a job description file "helloworld.adl" to
       arcsub -c helloworld.adl

       Direct submission to a CE is done as:
       arcsub --direct -c helloworld.adl

       The job description can also be specified directly on the command line  as  shown  in  the
       example, using the XRSL job description language:
       arcsub -c -e \
       ´&(executable="/bin/echo")(arguments="Hello World!")´

       When submitting against CEs retrieved from information index servers it might be useful to
       do resource brokering:
       arcsub -g -b FastestQueue helloworld.adl

       If the job has a large input data set, it can be useful to send it to  a  CE  where  those
       files are already cached. The ACIX broker can be used for this:
       arcsub                    -g                              -b

       Disregarding a specific CE for submission submitting against an information index server:
       arcsub -g -R helloworld.adl

       Dumping the job description is done as follows:
       arcsub -c -x helloworld.adl


              Some  options  can  be  given  default  values by specifying them in the ARC client
              configuration file. Registry and computing element services  can  be  specified  in
              separate  sections  of  the config. The default services can be specified by adding
              'default=yes' attribute to the section of the service, thus when  no  --cluster  or
              --index  options  are  given these will be used for submission. Each service has an
              alias, and can be member of any number of groups. Then specifying the alias or  the
              name  of  the  group  with  the  --cluster or --index options will select the given
              services.  By using the --conffile option a different  configuration  file  can  be
              used  than  the  default.  Note  that  some installations also have a system client
              configuration file, however attributes in the client one takes precedence, and then
              command line options takes precedence over configuration file attributes.

              This  a  local list of the user's active jobs. When a job is successfully submitted
              it is added to this list and when it is removed  from  the  remote  cluster  it  is
              removed  from  this list. This list is used as the list of all active jobs when the
              user specifies the --all  option  to  the  various  NorduGrid  ARC  user  interface
              commands.  By  using  the  --joblist  option  a different file can be used than the


              The location of the user's Grid proxy file. Shouldn't be set unless the proxy is in
              a non-standard location.

              The  location  where  ARC  is  installed  can be specified by this variable. If not
              specified the install location will be determined from  the  path  to  the  command
              being  executed,  and  if  this  fails a WARNING will be given stating the location
              which will be used.

              The location of ARC plugins can be specified by this variable.  Multiple  locations
              can  be  specified  by separating them by : (; in Windows). The default location is
              $ARC_LOCATION/lib/arc (\ in Windows).


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