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Command qconf allows the system administrator to add, delete, and modify the current Grid Engine configuration, including queue management, host management, complex management and user management. Qconf also allows you to examine the current queue configuration for existing queues.

Modifications to a queue configuration do not affect an active queue, taking effect on next invocation of the queue (i.e., the next job).

The usual syntax:

The command allows the use of the backslash, '\', character at the end of a line to indicate that the next line is a continuation of the current line.

When displaying settings, such as the output of one of the -s* options, qconf will break up long lines (lines greater than 80 characters) into smaller lines using backslash line continuation where possible. Lines will only be broken up at commas or whitespace. This feature can be disabled by setting the SGE_SINGLE_LINE environment variable.


Unless denoted otherwise,  capitalized option means ‘read in from file’ while lowercase option means ‘do it interactively in VI editor or other editor that is defined in $EDITOR variable.

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Operations stating form capital letter are template driven (accept a file as an argument):


Add a new parallel environment from file

qconf -Ap ./my-predefined-parallel-environment.txt
Interactive Use is defined by the same but lower case letter (SGE will then open an interactive editor session;  SGE uses ‘vi’ or whatever is defined by $EDITOR;


Add a new parallel environment interactively
 qconf -ap

In both cases, assuming there is no syntax errors, changes are instantly made live.

Alphabetic list ( -help Prints a listing of all options):



Deletions and cleanup

-Dattr obj_spec fname obj_instance,... <del. from object attribs>
Similar to -dattr (see below) but the definition of the list attributes from which entries are to be deleted is contained in the file named fname. As opposed to -dattr, multiple attributes can be modified. Their specification has to be enlisted in fname following the file format of the corresponding object (see queue_conf(5) for the queue, for example). Requires root/manager privileges.




Environmental Variables

If set, specifies the tcp port on which sge_qmaster(8) is expected to listen for communication requests. Most installations will use a services map entry instead to define that port.




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