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Re: [Condor-users] excel on condor

hi ben,
you got me further down the road with the submit file. it seems now what it
is doing is starting excel on the idle cpu, but it is not executing the

first I condor_submit the submit file, then I see what machine it grabbed
thru condor_status. I go over to that machine and bring up task manager, it
will show excel as one of the processes executing but it is not using any
cpu time. it looks like excel started but it is not executing the workbook.

we have the workbook set to start running once it is opened. I tried running
it from the command line and it worked just fine. I used c:\Program
Files\Microsoft Office\Office\excel.exe "c:\sdk2.xls".

any other suggestions?


-----Original Message-----
From: condor-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:condor-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ben Burnett
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 15:38
To: 'Condor-Users Mail List'
Subject: Re: [Condor-users] excel on condor

Hi Jeff:


Assuming you workbook app starts running when you open it, and that Excel is
installed on all the execute nodes, you should be able to use something akin
to the following:


universe = vanilla
executable = <enter your ms office path here>\excel.exe

arguments = C:\sdk2.xls

transfer_executable = false

error = c:\sdk2.err 



What happened with your submission is that Condor does not know how to
execute Excel data files, it only handles executables and batch files.






From: condor-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:condor-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Tkacheff GS14 Jeffrey
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 12:28 PM
To: condor-users@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [Condor-users] excel on condor


et al, 

new user to condor. 

we have an excel workbook app that we would like to run multiple times on
our condor cluster as a test. if the test is successful then we will move
our bigger excel models over for multiple runs. 

this some things that I have tried. 

I noticed that I can start the workbook from the command prompt just by
entering the name at the command prompt. this will start the excel app
running. armed with this knowledge I built a "submit" file for the
condor_submit command that looks like this. 

universe = vanilla
executable = c:\sdk2.xls
error = c:\sdk2.err

when I run this file with condor_submit, the command runs with no errors, a
computer in the cluster is "claimed" and nothing happens. the app should
take about 15 minutes to execute, but is over in a couple of seconds. 

does anyone have any working knowledge of launching excel apps on condor? 

jeff tkacheff 

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