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condor_ configure

Configure or install Condor


condor_ configure [--help]

condor_ configure [--install[=<path/to/release.tar>] ] [--install-dir=<path>] [--local-dir=<path>] [--make-personal-condor] [--type = < submit, execute, manager >] [--central-manager = < hostname>] [--owner = < ownername >] [--make-personal-stork] [--stork] [--credd] [--verbose]


condor_ configure is a Perl script that installs and/or configures Condor on Unix machines. It will run with Perl 5.003 or more recent versions.

condor_ configure is designed to be run more than one time where required. It can install Condor (with a correct configuration), or it can change the configuration files. Note that changes in the configuration files do not result in changes while Condor is running. To effect changes while Condor is running, it is necessary to further do condor_ reconfig or condor_ restart. condor_ reconfig is required where the currently executing daemons need to be informed of configuration changes. condor_ restart is required where the options --make-personal-condor or --type are used, since these affect which daemons are running.

Running condor_ configure with no options results in the help screen being printed.


Print help screen and exit

Perform installation, assuming that the current working directory contains the release.tar file. Where a directory path is supplied, it specifies that directory containing the release.tar file. Without further options, the configuration is that of a Personal Condor, a complete one-machine pool. If used as an upgrade within an existing installation directory, existing configuration files and local directory are preserved.

Specifies the path where Condor should be installed or the path where it already is installed. The default is the current working directory.

Specifies the location of the local directory, which is the directory that generally contains the local (machine-specific) configuration file as well as the directories where Condor daemons write their run-time information (spool, log, execute). This location is indicated by the LOCAL_DIR variable in the configuration file. When installing (that is, if --install is specified), condor_ configure will properly create the local directory in the location specified. If none is specified, the default value is given by the evaluation of $(RELEASE_DIR)/local.$(HOSTNAME).

During subsequent invocations of condor_ configure (that is, without the --install option), if the --local-dir option is specified, the new directory will be created and the log, spool and execute directories will be moved there from their current location.

Installs and configures for Personal Condor, a fully-functional, one-machine pool.

--type= < submit, execute, manager >
One or more of the types may be listed. This determines the roles that a machine may play in a pool. In general, any machine can be a submit and/or execute machine, and there is one central manager per pool. In the case of a Personal Condor, the machine fulfills all three of these roles.

Instructs the current Condor installation to use the specified machine as the central manager. This modifies the configuration variables COLLECTOR_HOST and NEGOTIATOR_HOST to point to the given host name). The central manager machine's Condor configuration needs to be independently configured to act as a manager using the option --type=manager.

Set configuration such that Condor daemons will be executed as the given owner. This modifies the ownership on the log, spool and execute directories and sets the CONDOR_IDS value in the configuration file, to ensure that Condor daemons start up as the specified effective user. See section 3.6.10 on UIDs in Condor on page [*] for details. This is only applicable when condor_ configure is run by root. If not run as root, the owner is the user running the condor_ configure command.

Creates a Personal Stork, using the condor_ credd daemon.

Configures the Stork data placement server. Use this option with the --credd option.

Configure the the condor_ credd daemon (credential manager daemon).

Print information about changes to configuration variables as they occur.

Exit Status

condor_ configure will exit with a status value of 0 (zero) upon success, and it will exit with a nonzero value upon failure.


Install Condor on the machine ( to be the pool's central manager. On machine1, within the directory that contains the unzipped Condor distribution .tar.gz file:
% condor_configure --install --type=submit,execute,manager
This will allow the machine to submit and execute Condor jobs, in addition to being the central manager of the pool.

To change the configuration such that is an execute-only machine (that is, a dedicated computing node) within a pool with central manager on, issue the command on that from within the directory where Condor is installed:

% condor_configure --type=execute

To change the location of the LOCAL_DIR directory in the configuration file, do (from the directory where Condor is installed):

% condor_configure --local-dir=/path/to/new/local/directory
This will move the log,spool,execute directories to /path/to/new/local/directory from the current local directory.


Condor Team, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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