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Installing and Using the RSV GlideinWMS Tester


This document is for software that will no longer be supported after the OSG 3.5 retirement (February 2022). See the Release Series Support Policy for details.

About This Guide

The RSV GlideinWMS Tester (or Tester, in this document) is a tool that a VO front-end administrator can use to test remote sites for the ability to run the VO’s jobs. It is particularly useful when setting up a VO for the first time or when changing the sites at which a VO’s jobs can run. For a site to pass the test, it must successfully run a simple test job via the normal GlideinWMS mechanisms, in much the same way as a real VO job.

Use this page to learn how to install, configure, and use the Tester for your VO front-end.

Before Starting

Before starting the installation process, consider the following points (consulting the Reference section below as needed):

  • Software: You must have a GlideinWMS Front-end installed
  • Configuration: The GlideinWMS Front-end must be configured (a) to have at least one group that matches pilots to sites using DESIRED_SITES, and (b) to support the is_itb user job attribute
  • Host choice: The Tester should be installed on its own host; a small Virtual Machine (VM) is ideal
  • Service certificate: The Tester requires a host certificate at /etc/grid-security/hostcert.pem and an accompanying key at /etc/grid-security/hostkey.pem
  • Network ports: Test jobs must be able to contact the tester using the HTCondor Shared Port on port 9615 (TCP), and you must be able to contact a web server on port 80 (TCP) to view test results.

Installing the Tester

The Tester software takes advantage of several other OSG software components, so the installation will also include OSG’s site validation system (RSV), HTCondor, and the GlideinWMS pilot submission software.

[email protected] # yum install rsv-gwms-tester

Configuring the Tester

Before you use the Tester, there are some one-time configuration steps to complete, one set on your GlideinWMS Front-end Central Manager host and one set on the Tester host.

Configuring the GlideinWMS Front-end Central Manager

Complete these steps on your GlideinWMS Front-end Central Manager host:

  1. Authorize the Tester host to connect to your Central Manager:

    [email protected] # glidecondor_addDN -allow-others -daemon <COMMENT> <TESTER_DN> condor

    Where COMMENT is a human-readable label for the Tester host (e.g., “RSV GWMS Tester at myhost”), and TESTER_DN is the Distinguished Name (DN) of the host certificate of your Tester host. Most likely, you will need to quote both of these values to protect them from the shell. For example:

    [email protected] # glidecondor_addDN -allow-others -daemon 'RSV GWMS Tester on Fermicloud' '/DC=com/DC=DigiCert-Grid/O=Open Science Grid/OU=Services/' condor
  2. Restart HTCondor to apply the changes

    On EL 6 systems:

    [email protected] # service condor restart

    On EL 7 systems:

    [email protected] # systemctl restart condor
  3. Add the new Tester to your GlideinWMS front-end configuration. Edit the file /etc/gwms-frontend/frontend.xml and add a line as follows within the <schedds> element

    <schedd DN="<TESTER_DN>" fullname="<TESTER_HOSTNAME>">

    Where TESTER_DN is the Distinguished Name (DN) of the host certificate of your Tester host (as above), and TESTER_HOSTNAME is the fully qualified hostname of the Tester host. For example:

    <schedd DN="/DC=com/DC=DigiCert-Grid/O=Open Science Grid/OU=Services/" fullname="">

    Reconfigure your GlideinWMS front-end to apply the changes:

    [email protected] # service gwms-frontend reconfig

Configuring the Tester host

Complete the following steps on your Tester host:

  1. Configure the Tester for the VOs that your Front-end supports

    Edit the file /etc/rsv/metrics/org.osg.local-gfactory-site-querying-local.conf. The constraint line is an HTCondor ClassAd expression containing one stringListMember function per VO that your Front-end supports. If there is more than one VO, the function invocations are joined by the “logical or” operator, ||. Edit the constraint line for your Front-end.

    For example, for a single VO named Foo, the line would be:

    constraint = stringListMember("Foo", GLIDEIN_Supported_VOs)

    For two VOs named Foo and Bar, the line would be:

    constraint = stringListMember("Foo", GLIDEIN_Supported_VOs) || stringListMember("Bar", GLIDEIN_Supported_VOs)

    Do not change the other settings in this file, unless you have clear and specific reasons to do so.

  2. Authorize the central manager of your Front-end to connect to the tester host:

    [email protected] # glidecondor_addDN -allow-others -daemon <COMMENT> <CENTRAL_MGR> condor

    Where COMMENT is a human-readable identifier for the Central Manager, and CENTRAL_MGR is the Distinguished Name (DN) of the host certificate of your GlideinWMS Front-end’s Central Manager host. Most likely, you will need to quote both of these values to protect them from the shell. For example:

    [email protected] # glidecondor_addDN -allow-others -daemon 'UCSD central manager DN' '/DC=org/DC=opensciencegrid/O=Open Science Grid/OU=Services/' condor
  3. Configure the special HTCondor-RSV instance with your host IP address.

    Create the file /etc/condor/config.d/98_public_interface.config with this content:


    Where ADDRESS is the IP address of your Tester host, and CENTRAL_MGR is the hostname of your GlideinWMS Front-end Central Manager.

  4. Enable the Tester’s RSV probe:

    [email protected] # rsv-control --enable org.osg.local-gfactory-site-querying-local --host localhost

Using the Tester

There are at least two aspects of using the Tester:

  • Managing the services that are associated with the Tester software
  • Viewing results from the Tester

Managing Tester services

Because the Tester is built on other OSG software, there are a number of services in your installation. The specific services are:

Software Service name Notes
Apache HTTP Server httpd Web server for results
HTCondor-Cron condor-cron cron-like jobs in HTCondor
RSV rsv OSG site validator

Viewing Tester results

Once the Tester RSV probe is enabled and active, and the services listed above have been started, there are two kinds of RSV probes that run periodically:

  • One probe asks the GlideinWMS factory for the up-to-date list of sites supported by your VO(s) — runs every 30 minutes
  • One probe submits and monitors one test job to each site supported by your VO(s) — run every 60 minutes

You can view the latest results of both probe types on an RSV results web page, or you can manually run the first probe to see the full list of sites.

Viewing RSV results online

To see the latest results, access https://<HOSTNAME> (where HOSTNAME is the name of your Tester host).

  • There should be one result row per site supported by your VO(s), using the “org.osg.general.dummy-vanilla-probe” probe (aka metric)
  • There should be exactly one result row for the probe that fetches the list of sites, which is the “org.osg.local-gfactory-site-querying-local” probe (aka metric)
  • There is a legend for the background colors at the end of the page

Ideally, each site supported by your VO(s) should be shown with a green background, which indicates that a Tester job ran at that site recently and successfully. There may be transient failures but if you notice a site in the failed state over multiple days, contact OSG Factory Operations ( about the failing site, including a link to your Tester RSV results page.

To see detailed information from each probe, click on the probe name in the Metric column.

To see the list of sites that are supported by your VO(s) and are being tested, click the “org.osg.local-gfactory-site-querying-local” link at the bottom of the list of probes. You can also run the probe manually, as described next.

Listing supported sites manually

To manually run the probe that fetches the list of sites supported by your VO(s), run the following command on your Tester host:

[email protected] # rsv-control --run org.osg.local-gfactory-site-querying-local --host localhost

The probe produces many lines of output, some of which are just about the probe execution itself. But look for lines like this:

MSG: Updating configuration for host <SITE_NAME>

Where <SITE_NAME> is the name of the site, and there should be one such line per site supported by your VO(s).

Troubleshooting RSV-GWMS-Tester

You can find more information on troubleshooting in the RSV troubleshooting section

Logs and configuration:

File Description Location Comment
Condor Cron log files /var/log/condor-cron
File Description Location Comment
Metric configuration /etc/rsv/metrics/org.osg.local-gfactory-site-querying-local.conf To change arguments and environment

Getting Help

To get assistance, please use the this page.



Certificate User that owns certificate Path to certificate
Host certificate root /etc/grid-security/hostcert.pem
Host key root /etc/grid-security/hostkey.pem

Find instructions to request a host certificate here.