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Re: [HTCondor-users] Submitting a job through Python fails with the error "terminate called after throwing an instance of 'boost::python::error_already_set'"

Hi Jason,


Thanks a lot for the answer!

I was creating and using a custom user within the container, but when I use submituser it works !!!

It might have been a permission problem. I still think this should be investigated a little, as it was causing a cryptic error and crashing the whole application I am working onâ


Thanks again,



Gaetan Geffroy
Junior Software Engineer
Terma GmbH
T +49 6151 86005 43 (direct)


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Hi Gaetan,

Two questions:

1. How did you install Python 3.8 and the HTCondor Python bindings in your container?

2. Are you running inside the container as root or as a normal user? (There is an example user named "submituser" in the htcondor/mini image that you can su to.)


On 4/20/22 10:34 AM, Gaetan Geffroy wrote:

Good evening all,


I have this odd issue with the Python client for HTCondor. Here is what I am doing:

  1. Creating a custom Docker image from the condor-mini one
    (I need to make some tests running Condor jobs in Docker containers, and this looks like the easiest way to do it)
    Here is the Dockerfile:
              MAINTAINER "gage" gage@xxxxxxxxx
              ENV container docker
              RUN yum -y update; yum clean all
              RUN yum -y install systemd; yum clean all; \
              (cd /lib/systemd/system/sysinit.target.wants/; for i in *;
              do [ $i == systemd-tmpfiles-setup.service ] || rm -f $i;
              done); \
              rm -f /lib/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/*;\
              rm -f /etc/systemd/system/*.wants/*;\
              rm -f /lib/systemd/system/local-fs.target.wants/*; \
              rm -f /lib/systemd/system/sockets.target.wants/*udev*; \
              rm -f /lib/systemd/system/sockets.target.wants/*initctl*;
              rm -f /lib/systemd/system/basic.target.wants/*;\
              rm -f /lib/systemd/system/anaconda.target.wants/*;
              VOLUME [ "/sys/fs/cgroup" ]
              CMD ["/usr/sbin/init"]
  2. From there I can start my container, install Python 3.8 (minimum requirement for the project I am working on) and Docker
  3. I try to submit a simple job through Python:


As you can see, I get an error "terminate called after throwing an instance of 'boost::python::error_already_set'".

I tried the same code on a local test cluster, and the error does not appear.

Does anyone have an idea of what might be causing it ?




Gaetan Geffroy
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