[GE users] GE 6.2 and nfsv4 spool directories

enri enrico.sirola at gmail.com
Wed May 20 09:19:52 BST 2009

I'm going to install a new cluster with GE6.2u2_1. It's a small  
cluster of workstations for development/testing purposes, the idea is  
that every developer's workstation export the developer's home via  
nfsv4 and all the workstations mount the homes via autofs (using a  
bind mount if th home is local). Everything is kerberized. This basic  
setup works, however we are having some issues GE-specific: the GE is  
configured as follows:

  * the GE spool directories are on a shared nfsv4 disk
  * the GE cell directory is owned by "sgeadmin" which is a user of  
the kerberos realm

however, the GE daemons run as local root and this is apparently  
creating problems because locat roots can't access nfs4 shared volumes  
(local root has no krb5 ticket). I guess this is a common with a clear  
solution, but I'm a nfs4/kerberos newbie so I con't see it.

How is this problem usually solved? Local spools?
Thanks for you help,

Enrico Sirola


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