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Re: [HTCondor-users] Setting up HTCondorView

Hi Javier,

The HTCondor View client is a very old contributed module that we have not updated to keep up with the latest HTCondor releases. For example, the last time the "view_client-2.1-Any-Java.tar.Z" file linked from the wiki was modified was in 2011 (actual changes to the code may be even before that). It's not part of the HTCondor code base, and it is probably due to be removed from our documentation.

Can you let us know what kind of monitoring you had in mind and maybe we can help you find a more recent and better supported solution?

Jason Patton

On 6/23/22 2:30 PM, Javier Barbero wrote:

Hi everyone, I'm trying to set up the HTCondorView server in our cluster by following the instructions from the documentation (https://htcondor.readthedocs.io/en/latest/admin-manual/setting-up-special-environments.html#configuring-a-machine-to-be-a-htcondorview-server, by the way, even when knowing that it is there, this section is very hard to find and separate from the Client information).

I decided to use my existing collector as the HTCondorView collector by adding the following configuration: 

POOL_HISTORY_DIR = $(LOCAL_DIR)/log/condorview

(also, is the POOL_HISTORY_MAX_STORAGE in bytes? It is not very well specified in https://htcondor.readthedocs.io/en/latest/admin-manual/configuration-macros.html#POOL_HISTORY_MAX_STORAGE)

POOL_HISTORY_DIR resolves to "/var/log/condorview" and the "condor" user has been given ownership of this directory. After a few mistakes with the configuration, the View server appears to be running, but the response I get with condor_stats is very weird. For example, if I run "condor_stats -userlist" I get (I have anonimized the user, host and domain, but it is always the same every time I try):

failed to receive data from the CondorView server

I have tried to set up the Client following its corresponding instructions (https://htcondor.readthedocs.io/en/latest/contrib-source-modules/view-client-contrib-module.html) and while running the setup command I get several messages saying "failed to receive data from the CondorView server". If I run the "./make_stats hour" command I also get the same message once.

I cannot see any error messages in the collector logs and the condorview logs look fine, although I don't really know what they should look like. Am I missing something?

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