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       sge_aliases - Sun Grid Engine path aliases file format


       The  Sun Grid Engine path aliasing facility provides administrators and
       users with the means to reflect  complicated  and  in-homogeneous  file
       system  structures  in  distributed  environments  (such  as  user home
       directories mounted under different paths on different  hosts)  and  to
       ensure  that  Sun Grid Engine is able to locate the appropriate working
       directories for executing batch jobs.

       There is a system global path aliasing file  and  a  user  local  file.
       sge_aliases defines the format of both:

       o  Blank  lines  and  lines  with  a  '#'  sign in the first column are

       o  Each line other than a blank line or a  line  lead  by  '#'  has  to
          contain four strings separated by any number of blanks or tabs.

       o  The  first string specifies a source-path, the second a submit-host,
          the  third  an  execution-host  and  the  fourth   the   source-path

       o  Both  the submit- and the execution-host entries may consist of only
          a '*' sign which matches any host.

       If the -cwd flag (and only if - otherwise the user's home directory  on
       the  execution  host  is  selected  to  execute the job) to qsub(1) was
       specified, the path aliasing mechanism is activated and the  files  are
       processed as follows:

       o  After  qsub(1)  has retrieved the physical current working directory
          path, the cluster global path aliasing file is read if present.  The
          user  path aliases file is read afterwards as if it were appended to
          the global file.

       o  Lines not to be skipped are read from the top of the file one by one
          while  the  translations  specified  by  those  lines  are stored if

       o  A translation is stored only if the submit-host  entry  matches  the
          host qsub(1) is executed on and if the source-path forms the initial
          part either of the current working directory or of  the  source-path
          replacements already stored.

       o  As  soon as both files are read the stored path aliasing information
          is passed along with the submitted job.

       o  On the execution host, the aliasing information will  be  evaluated.
          The  leading  part of the current working directory will be replaced
          by the source-path replacement if the execution-host  entry  of  the
          path  alias  matches  the  executing host. Note: The current working
          directory string will be changed in this case  and  subsequent  path
          aliases  must  match  the  replaced  working  directory  path  to be


       The following is a simple example of a  path  aliasing  file  resolving
       problems with in-homogeneous paths if automount(8) is used:

       # Path Aliasing File
       # src-path   sub-host   exec-host   replacement
       /tmp_mnt/    *          *           /
       # replaces any occurrence of /tmp_mnt/ by /
       # if submitting or executing on any host.
       # Thus paths on nfs server and clients are the same


                     global aliases file
       $HOME/.sge_aliases   user local aliases file


       sge_intro(1),  qsub(1), Sun Grid Engine Installation and Administration


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