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Installing the Worker Node Client via OASIS

The OSG Worker Node Client is a collection of software components that is expected to be added to every worker node that can run OSG jobs. It provides a common environment and a minimal set of common tools that all OSG jobs can expect to use. Contents of the worker node client can be found here.


It is possible to install the Worker Node Client software in a variety of ways, depending on your local site:

  • Use from OASIS (this guide) - useful when CVMFS is already mounted on your worker nodes
  • Install using a tarball - useful when installing onto a shared filesystem for distribution to worker nodes
  • Install using RPMs and Yum - useful when managing your worker nodes with a tool (e.g., Puppet, Chef) that can automate RPM installs

This document is intended to guide system administrators through the process of configuring a site to make the Worker Node Client software available from OASIS.

Before Starting

As with all OSG Software installations, there are some one-time (per host) steps to prepare in advance:

Once configured to use OASIS, OSG jobs will download the worker-node software on demand (into the local disk cache). This may result in extra network activity, especially on first use of the client tools.

Configure the CE

Determine the OASIS path to the Worker Node Client software for your worker nodes:

Worker Node OS Use…
EL 7 (64-bit) /cvmfs/
EL 8 (64-bit) /cvmfs/

On the CE, in the /etc/osg/config.d/10-storage.ini file, set the grid_dir configuration setting to the path from the previous step.

Once you finish making changes to configuration files on your CE, validate, fix, and apply the configuration:

root@host # osg-configure -v
root@host # osg-configure -c

For more information, see the OSG worker node environment documentation and the CE configuration instructions.

Validating the Worker Node Client

To verify functionality of the worker node client, you will need to submit a test job against your CE and verify the job's output.

  1. Submit a job that executes the env command (e.g. Run condor_ce_trace with the -d flag from your HTCondor CE)
  2. Verify that the value of OSG_GRID is set to the directory of your WN Client installation

Manually Using the Worker Node Client From OASIS

If you must log onto a worker node and use the Worker Node Client software directly during your login session, consult the following table for the command to set up your environment:

Worker Node OS Run the following command…
EL 7 (64-bit) source /cvmfs/
EL 8 (64-bit) source /cvmfs/

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