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HTC Exercise 1.6: Remove Jobs From the Queue

The goal of this exercise is to show you how to remove jobs from the queue. This is helpful if you make a mistake, do not want to wait for a job to complete, or otherwise need to fix things. For example, if some test jobs go on hold for using too much memory or disk, you may want to just remove them, edit the submit files, and then submit again.

Skip this exercise and come back to it if you are short on time, or until you need to remove jobs for other exercises


Please remember to remove any jobs from the queue that you have given up on. Otherwise, the queue will start to get very long with jobs that will waste resources (and decrease your priority), or that may never run (if they're on hold, or have other issues keeping them from matching).

This exercise is very short, but if you are out of time, you can come back to it later.

Removing a Job or Cluster From the Queue

To practice removing jobs from the queue, you need a job in the queue!

  1. Submit a job from an earlier exercise
  2. Determine the job ID (cluster.process) from the condor_submit output or from condor_q
  3. Remove the job:

    username@learn $ condor_rm <JOB.ID>

    Use the full job ID this time, e.g. 5759.0.

  4. Did the job leave the queue immediately? If not, about how long did it take?

So far, we have created job clusters that contain only one job process (the .0 part of the job ID). That will change soon, so it is good to know how to remove a specific job ID. However, it is possible to remove all jobs that are part of a cluster at once. Simply omit the job process (the .0 part of the job ID) in the condor_rm command:

username@learn $ condor_rm <CLUSTER>

Finally, you can include many job clusters and full job IDs in a single condor_rm command. For example:

username@learn $ condor_rm 5768 5769 5770.0 5771.2

Removing All of Your Jobs

If you really want to remove all of your jobs at once, you can do that with:

username@learn $ condor_rm <USERNAME>

If you want to test it: (optional, though you'll likely need this in the future)

  1. Quickly submit several jobs from past exercises
  2. View the jobs in the queue with condor_q
  3. Remove them all with the above command
  4. Use condor_q to track progress

In case you are wondering, you can remove only your own jobs. HTCondor administrators can remove anyone’s jobs, so be nice to them.