We have found a problem with the GridManager when dealing with certain jobs that our HTCondor setup forwards to remote (Grid) resources.
It's not totally clear what's happened, but we would argue that the GridManager behaviour could be improved. The grand summary is the following:
In certain circumstances (infrequent, but not very rare, as per our experience), a job causes the GridManager code to raise an AssertionError and thus exits without processing the rest of its jobs, which may be healthy.
We consider this a bug, or at least a problem, because a problematic job is preventing other jobs from proceeding, and eventually causing all remote activity to halt. In general, we have seen that this requires manual cleaning to recover.
We would rather have (if possible) those problematic jobs ignored (i.e., left on hold), and proceed with the other jobs.
The assertion error looks like the following:ERROR "Assertion ERROR on (gahp != __null || gmState == 14 || gmState == 12)" at line 391 in file /slots/10/dir_3391896/userdir/.tmpa8mXuo/BUILD/condor-8.8.1/src/condor_gridmanager/condorjob.cpp
Looking at the code (https://github.com/htcondor/htcondor/blob/V8_8_1-branch/src/condor_gridmanager/condorjob.cpp), I see that it happens within CondorJob::doEvaluateState:ASSERT ( gahp != NULL || gmState == GM_HOLD || gmState == GM_DELETE );
For those interested, let me give more details by illustrating this with the most recent example of this error:
A job is received by our HTCondor-CE (v3.2.1) and reaches our HTCondor batch (v8.8.1): CE ID: 2302737, batch ID: 2314592
The job is routed to Universe 9 (Grid), with GridResource set to a remote HTCondor-CE resource, and starts running there.
Eventually, the remote job fails due to memory constraints. This is noticed in the local schedd log:
07/27/19 09:39:57 (cid:12488566) Set Attribute for job 2302737.0, HoldReason = "Error from slot1_3@xxxxxxxxxxxx: Job has gone over memory limit of 2048 megabytes. Peak usage: 42532 megabytes."
This causes the local CE job to be removed, but the local batch job remains. However, the physical spool directory for the job files is the same for both jobs (at least in our configuration), and it gets removed when the CE job is deleted.
In the GridManager log, we see that the job went to GM_SUBMITTED, and then moves to GM_CLEAR_REQUEST (instead of GM_HOLD, as happens in other cases), causing the assertion error:
07/27/19 09:39:50  (2314592.0) doEvaluateState called: gmState GM_SUBMITTED, remoteState 2
07/27/19 10:12:19  Failed to get expiration time of proxy /var/lib/condor-ce/spool/2737/0/cluster2302737.proc0.subproc0/credential_CMSG-v1_0.main_411868: unable to read proxy file 07/27/19 10:12:19 
Found job 2314592.0 --- inserting
07/27/19 10:12:19  (2314592.0) doEvaluateState called: gmState GM_CLEAR_REQUEST, remoteState -1
07/27/19 10:12:19  ERROR "Assertion ERROR on (gahp != __null || gmState == 14 || gmState == 12)" at line 391 in file /slots/10/dir_3391896/userdir/.tmpa8mXuo/BUILD/condor-8.8.1/src/condor_gridmanager/condorjob.cpp
One can also notice that the job spool dir (CE id: 2302737) has gone ('Failed to get expiration time of proxy' line)
From that moment on, each time the GridManager wakes up, it gets to the same assertion error and exits, missing to handle all the other jobs.
This can be cleaned up with 'condor_rm -forcex'.
So there are two issues here: one is why the job gets into that funny state, the second one (more important, IMHO), is whether the GridManager should perhaps skip that job, but continue with the rest, instead of dying completely.
We are aware that our configuration may be uncommon, but we would be grateful if this could be avoided somehow (a configuration change in our side or perhaps a code fix from the developers).
Any comment will be welcomed :-)
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