Sun N1 Grid Engine 6.1 Administration Guide

Running Grid Engine System Programs in Debug Mode

For some severe error conditions, the error-logging mechanism might not yield sufficient information to identify the problems. Therefore, the grid engine system offers the ability to run almost all ancillary programs and the daemons in debug mode. Different debug levels vary in the extent and depth of information that is provided. The debug levels range from zero through 10, with 10 being the level delivering the most detailed information and zero turning off debugging.

To set a debug level, an extension to your .cshrc or .profile resource files is provided with the distribution of the grid engine system. For csh or tcsh users, the file sge-root/util/dl.csh is included. For sh or ksh users, the corresponding file is named sge-root/util/ The files must be sourced into your standard resource file. As csh or tcsh user, include the following line in your .cshrc file:

source sge-root/util/dl.csh

As sh or ksh user, include the following line in your .profile file:

. sge-root/util/

As soon as you log out and log in again, you can use the following command to set a debug level:

% dl level

If level is greater than 0, starting a grid engine system command forces the command to write trace output to STDOUT. The trace output can contain warning messages, status messages, and error messages, as well as the names of the program modules that are called internally. The messages also include line number information, which is helpful for error reporting, depending on the debug level you specify.

Note –

To watch a debug trace, you should use a window with a large scroll-line buffer. For example, you might use a scroll-line buffer of 1000 lines.

Note –

If your window is an xterm, you might want to use the xterm logging mechanism to examine the trace output later on.

If you run one of the grid engine system daemons in debug mode, the daemons keep their terminal connection to write the trace output. You can abort the terminal connections by typing the interrupt character of the terminal emulation you use. For example, you might use Control-C.

To switch off debug mode, set the debug level back to 0.

Setting the dbwriter Debug Level

The sgedbwriter script starts the dbwriter program. The script is located in sge_root/dbwriter/bin/sgedbwriter. The sgedbwriter script reads the dbwriter configuration file, dbwriter.conf. This configuration file is located in sge_root/cell/common/dbwriter.conf. This configuration file sets the debug level of dbwriter. For example:

# Debug level

You can use the –debug option of the dbwriter command to change the number of messages that the dbwriter produces. In general, you should use the default debug level, which is info. If you use a more verbose debug level, you substantially increase the amount of data output by dbwriter.

You can specify the following debug levels:


Displays only severe errors and warnings.


Adds a number of informational messages. info is the default debug level.


Gives additional information that is related to dbwriter configuration, for example, about the processing of rules.


Produces more information. If you choose this debug level, all SQL statements run by dbwriter are output.


For debugging.


For debugging.


Displays information for all levels. For debugging.