We’ve had issues with condor 7.4.2 & 7.4.4 not detecting correctly user activity on Windows 7 in the past but we tried to live with it as, at that time, we had only a few computers with this OS in our pool and most of the time their users were the ones wanting to run tasks on condor.
However this year, due to an increase of both newcomers and replacement of old computers in our programme, we’ve reach the point where W7 computers make between 1/3 and 50% of all nodes in the pool. So condor loosing the presence of the user and starting heavy tasks around is now a more pressing issue than what it used to be.
In order to try fix that, I’ve installed condor 7.6.0 on some test PCs, made some quick fixes to our local config file and those nodes were ready to fly. I’ve also had a look to the “Upgrading from the 7.4 series to the 7.6 series of Condor” manual page (http://www.cs.wisc.edu/condor/manual/v7.6/8_2Upgrading_from.html) and, as a consequence, I’ve added KBDD to the DAEMON_LIST variable in the local configuration file for each testing node.
I’ve checked in the logs that kbdd starts OK and condor_kbdd.exe is reported by the task manager as running.
However, this does not seem to change anything as the computer still listed as Unclaimed most of the time. Sometimes for unknown reasons the computer is marked at Owner for 15min~1h before quickly going back to unclaimed again. But most of the time it looks like my mouse & keyboard activity just goes unnoticed.
From what I’ve experienced on one of my test laptops, mouse and keyboard activity detection on Windows Vista seems to be sketchy as well.
Are there any plans to fix finally this issue in a future release? Or is there a working workaround available?