cli_filter Plugin API

Overview

This document describes Slurm cli_filter plugins and the API that defines them. It is intended as a resource to programmers wishing to write their own Slurm cli_filter plugins.

The purpose of the cli_filter plugins is to provide programmatic hooks during the execution of the salloc, sbatch, and srun command line interface (CLI) programs. Three hooks are defined:

  • setup_defaults — Called before any option processing is done, per job-pack, allowing a plugin to replace default option values.
  • pre_submit — Called after option processing per job-pack but before any communication is made with the slurm controller. This location is ideal for policy enforcement because the plugin can read all the options supplied by the user (as well as the environment) - thus invalid job requests can be stopped before they ever reach the slurmctld.
  • post_submit — Called after the jobid (and, in the case of srun, after the stepid) is generated, and typically before or in parallel with job execution. In combination with data collected in the pre_submit() hook, this is an ideal location for logging activity.
  • cli_filter plugins vary from the job_submit plugin as it is entirely executed client-side, whereas job_submit is processed server-side (within the slurm controller). The benefit of the cli_filter is that it has access to all command line options in a simple and consistent interface as well as being safer to run disruptive operations (e.g., quota checks or other long running operations you might want to use for integrating policy decisions), which can be problematic if run from the controller. The disadvantage of the cli_filter is that it must not be relied upon for security purposes as an enterprising user can circumvent it simply by providing loading an alternate slurm.conf with the CliFilterPlugins option disabled. If you plan to use the cli_filter for managing policies, you should also configure a job_submit plugin to reinforce those policies.

    Slurm cli_filter plugins must conform to the Slurm Plugin API with the following specifications:

    const char plugin_name[]="full text name"

    A free-formatted ASCII text string that identifies the plugin.

    const char plugin_type[]="major/minor"

    The major type must be "cli_filter." The minor type can be any suitable name for the type of job submission package. We include samples in the Slurm distribution for

    • none — An empty plugin with no actions taken, a useful starting template for a new plugin.

    const uint32_t plugin_version
    If specified, identifies the version of Slurm used to build this plugin and any attempt to load the plugin from a different version of Slurm will result in an error. If not specified, then the plugin may be loaded by Slurm commands and daemons from any version, however this may result in difficult to diagnose failures due to changes in the arguments to plugin functions or changes in other Slurm functions used by the plugin.

    Slurm can be configured to use multiple cli_filter plugins if desired, however the lua plugin will only execute one lua script named "cli_filter.lua" located in the default script directory (typically the subdirectory "etc" of the installation directory).

    API Functions

    All of the following functions are required. Functions which are not implemented must be stubbed.

    int init(void)

    Description:
    Called when the plugin is loaded, before any other functions are called. Put global initialization here.

    Returns:
    SLURM_SUCCESS on success, or
    SLURM_ERROR on failure.

    void fini(void)

    Description:
    Called when the plugin is removed. Clear any allocated storage here.

    Returns: None.

    Note: These init and fini functions are not the same as those described in the dlopen (3) system library. The C run-time system co-opts those symbols for its own initialization. The system _init() is called before the Slurm init(), and the Slurm fini() is called before the system's _fini().

    int setup_defaults(slurm_opt_t *options, bool early)

    Description:
    This function is called by the salloc, sbatch, or srun command line interface (CLI) programs shortly before processing any options from the environment, command line, or script (#SBATCH). The hook may be run multiple times per job-pack, once for an early pass (if implemented by the CLI), and again for the main pass. The options and early arguments are meant to be passed to slurm_option_set() which will set the option if it is in the appropriate pass. Failures to set an option may be a symptom of trying to set the option on the wrong pass. Given that you should not return SLURM_ERROR simply because of a failure to set an option.

    Arguments:
    options (input) slurm option data structure; meant to be passed to the slurm_option_* API within src/common/slurm_opt.h.
    early (input) boolean indicating if this is the early pass or not; meant to be passed to the slurm_option_* API within src/common/slurm_opt.h.

    Returns:
    SLURM_SUCCESS on success, or
    SLURM_ERROR on failure, will terminate execution of the CLI.

    int pre_submit(slurm_opt_t *options, int pack_offset)

    Description:
    This function is called by the CLI after option processing but before any communication with the slurmctld is made. This is after all setup_defaults() hooks are executed (for the current job-pack), environment variables processed, command line options and #SBATCH directives interpreted. pre_submit() is called before any parts of the data structure are rewritten, so it is safe to both read and write or unset any options from the plugin that you desire. Note that post_submit() cannot safely read (or write) the options, so you should save any state for logging in post_submit() during pre_submit(). This function is called once per job pack.

    Arguments:
    options (input/output) the job allocation request specifications.
    pack_offset (input) integer value for the current pack offset; should be used as a key when storing data for communication between pre_submit() and post_submit().

    Returns:
    SLURM_SUCCESS on success, or
    SLURM_ERROR on failure, will terminate execution of the CLI.

    void post_submit(int pack_offset, uint32_t jobid, uint32_t stepid)

    Description:
    This function is called by the CLI after a jobid (and, if srun, a stepid) has been assigned by the controller. It is no longer safe to read or write to the options data structure, so it has been removed from this function. You should save any state you need in pre_submit() using pack_offset as a key and access it here. This function is called once per job-pack.

    Arguments:
    options pack_offset (input) integer value for the current pack offset; should be used as a key when storing data for communication between pre_submit() and post_submit().
    jobid (input) job id of the job
    stepid (input) step id of the job if appropriate, NO_VAL otherwise

    Last modified 29 April 2019