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Custom Condor Variables


This document describes what configuration variables are used by the glideins. Most administrators never need to touch most of them, but a sophisticated Glidein Factory administrator may need to tweak some of them to implement the desired policies (for example: require encryption over the wire) or to address the needs of a particular site (for example: max allowed wallclock time).

Configuration variable location

The glideinWMS ships with a set of pre-defined configuration variables, that are stored in two files, known as condor vars files:


The two files are equivalent, but were split for historical reasons, and the second one is meant to contain site specific configuration variables.
These files should never be modified, and represent just the default shipped by the software!

A glideinWMS administrator can change the values of the predefined variables (with some exceptions, see below), and define new ones using the Glidein Factory configuration file.

Condor vars files

The condor vars files contain the glideinWMS pre-defined configuration variables, and should never be modified.
However, a glideinWMS administrator should nevertheless be able to read them.

Each of them is an ASCII file, with one entry per row.
Lines starting with # are comments and are ignored.

Each non comment line must have 7 columns. Each column has a specific meaning:

  1. Attribute name
  2. Attribute type
    • I – integer
    • S – quoted string
    • C – unquoted string (i.e. Condor keyword or expression)
  3. Default value, use – if no default
  4. Condor name, i.e. under which name should this attributed be known in the configuration used by Condor daemons
  5. Is a value required for this attribute?
    Must be Y or N. If Y and the attribute is not defined, the glidein will fail.
  6. Will condor_startd publish this attribute to the collector?
    Must be Y or N.
  7. Will the attribute be exported to the user job environment?
    • - - Do not export (for glidein/condor internal use)
    • + - Export to the user job environment using the original attribute name
    • @ - Export to the user job environment using the Condor name

Here below, you can see a short extract; the semantics of the variables is defined below.

# VarName               Type    Default         CondorName                      Req.    Export  UserJobEnvName
#                       S=Quote - = No Default  + = VarName                             Condor  - = Do not export
#                                                                                               + = Use VarName
#                                                                                               @ = Use CondorName
X509_USER_PROXY         C       -               GSI_DAEMON_PROXY                Y       N       -
GLIDEIN_Factory         S       -               +                               Y       Y       @
GLIDEIN_Name            S       -               +                               Y       Y       @
GLIDEIN_Collector       C       -               HEAD_NODE                       Y       N       -
GLIDEIN_Expose_Grid_Env C       False     JOB_INHERITS_STARTER_ENVIRONMENT      N       Y       +
TMP_DIR                 S       -               GLIDEIN_Tmp_Dir                 Y       Y       @
CONDORG_CLUSTER         I       -               GLIDEIN_ClusterId               Y       Y       @
CONDORG_SUBCLUSTER      I       -               GLIDEIN_ProcId                  Y       Y       @
CONDORG_SCHEDD          S       -               GLIDEIN_Schedd                  Y       Y       @
SEC_DEFAULT_ENCRYPTION  C       OPTIONAL        +                               N       N       -
SEC_DEFAULT_INTEGRITY   C       REQUIRED        +                               N       N       -
MAX_MASTER_LOG          I       1000000         +                               N       N       -
MAX_STARTD_LOG          I       10000000        +                               N       N       -

Glidein Variables

This section defines all the variables that the glideins explicity use. Please be aware that, apart from the below mentioned variable many other variables will be used by the Condor daemons, since glideins are Condor based; see the Condor manual for more details.

The variables can be divided based on their source:

Factory config xml - attr tags

This section presents all the variables that can be directly changed by a Glidein Factory administrator using attr tags in the factory configuration XML using the following tags:

<attr name=”namevalue=”valtype=”type” .../>

More information on the XML format can be found in Glidein Factory configuration section.
If not specified in the XML, most of these variables have defaults set in condor vars files, which are used if the Glidein Factory administrator does not override them. These defaults are listed below.

Please also note that some of these variables may also be provided by the VO factory clients.

Specifies whether preemption is allowed to occur on this glidein.



Default Value


GLIDEIN_Site String Entry name

Logical name of the Grid site where the glidein is running. This information is published both in the startd ClassAd and in the user job environment.

GLIDEIN_Start Exp (Bool) True

Condor START expression to use in the glideins. All must be true for a user job to start.

PS: The idea of having several variables is meant to help setting global and entry-specific, as well as frontend-specific requirements.

GLIDEIN_Entry_Start Exp (Bool) True
GLIDEIN_Rank Exp (Int) 1 Used in calculating the Condor RANK

They are summed together, and the user job with the largest rank will run first.
GLIDEIN_Entry_Rank Exp (Int)
GLIDEIN_Max_Idle Int 1200
(20 mins)

Max amount of time a condor_startd will wait to be matched before giving up and terminating.

GLIDEIN_Retire_Time Int 21600
(6 hours)

How long the condor_startd be running before no longer accepting jobs.
The random spread is used to improve the efficiencies, so the actual value used by Condor will be anywhere between GRT-GRTS and GRT.

GLIDEIN_Retire_Time_Spread Int 7200
(2 hours)
GLIDEIN_Job_Max_Time Int 360k
(100 hours)

Max allowed time for the job to end.
This is used by the condor_startd. Once the GLIDEIN_Retire_Time expires, the glidein will allow the job to run for this amount of time before activating DAEMON_SHUTDOWN and killing the job. Note that, if GLIDEIN_Max_Walltime is specified, this variable could be reduced by the glidein in order to fit within Glidein_Max_Walltime. See Lifetime of a glidein for details.

GLIDEIN_Max_Walltime Int N/A

Max allowed time for the glidein.
This variable is optional. If you specify this variable, then Condor startup scripts will calculate the GLIDEIN_Retire_Time for the glidein as GLIDEIN_MAX_Walltime - GLIDEIN_Job_Max_Time. If GLIDEIN_Retire_Time is also specified, it will be ignored and only the calculated value is used. Note that if GLIDEIN_Job_Max_Time is specified but is greater than GLIDEIN_Max_Walltime or does not allow enough time for graceful shutdown, it will be reduced by the glidein. See Lifetime of a glidein for details.

GLIDEIN_Graceful_Shutdown Int 120

Once DAEMON_SHUTDOWN is reached and the glidein pilot enters the Retiring state, this amount passes to allow the startd and job to gracefully shutdown before forcefully terminating the glidein. See Lifetime of a glidein for details.

PREEMPT Bool False 1
PREEMPT_GRACE_TIME Int 10000000 This value affects the condor value "MaxJobRetirementtime" and is an integer value representing the number of seconds a preempted job will be allowed to run before being evicted. This only affects behaviour if PREEMPT=True.
GLIDEIN_Monitoring_Enabled Bool True

Ability to control whether the pseduo-interactive monitoring slot is started on the worker node. Set to False if you do not want the monitoring slot started.

GLEXEC_BIN String None

If set, Condor will launch all user jobs via glexec, thus running the job under the appropriate local account. This is important both for glideinWMS security and for accounting purposes.
A special value of "OSG" can be used to automatically find the locally installed gLExec on OSG worker nodes.

This variable is renamed to GLEXEC in the condor config.


If set to False, the condor_starter is run sharing the same UID as the user job. This has security implications.

If running Condor 7.1.3 or later, it is recommended to turn this on and have the condor_starter be protected from the user jobs.

GLIDEIN_Use_PGroups Bool False

Should process group monitoring be enabled?

This is a Condor optimization parameter. Unfortunately, it negatively interferes with the batch systems used by the Grid sites, so it should not be turned on unless you have a very good reason to do so.


If True, forces the glidein to use TCP updates.
The collector must be configured in the same way for this to work.

Also see the Condor documentation for implications and side effects.


If True, enable the startd UDP command socket (Condor default).

Using the UDP command socket is a Condor optimization that makes working over firewalls and NATs very difficult. It is thus recommended you leave it disabled in the glideins.

Please note if you leave it disabled, that you must configure the schedd with
and the negotiator with
to have a functional system.


If set to False, the schedd will be sending keepalives to the startd.

Setting this to True instructs the startd to send keepalives to the schedd. This improves the glidein behavior when running behind a firewall or a NAT.

Please note that the schedd must be configured in the same way for this to work.


Security related settings. Please notice that the glideins always require GSI authentication.

For more details see the configuration page or the Condor manual.


Another security setting.

If set to True, the schedd and the startd will use a low overhead protocol. See the configuration page or the Condor manual.


What is the maximum size the logs should grow.

Setting them too low will made debugging difficult.
Setting them too high may fill up the disk in anomalous situations, both on the work nodes and on the glidein factory.


Configure GCB.

GCB is needed to run glideins on worker nodes behind a firewall or a NAT.

For more information, see the configuration page.

(20 mins)

Specifies how long should a glidein wait before giving up on a GCB, if network connectivity is lost.

USE_CCB Bool False

If set to True, it will enable CCB (available since Condor v7.3.0).

Factory config xml - configuration

The second set of variables comes from values the Glidein Factory administrator defined to make the factory to work. They are generated based on xml tags in the factory configuration (most in the entry tag). They cannot be changed by an administrator in any other way.

Name Type Source Description
GLIDEIN_Factory String <glidein factory_name="value">

Logical name of the Glidein Factory machine (like “osg1”).

GLIDEIN_Name String <glidein glidein_name="value">

Identification name of the Glidein Factory instance (like “v1_0”).

GLIDEIN_Entry_Name String ...<entries><entry name=”value”>

Identification name of the entry point (like “ucsd5”).

GLIDEIN_GridType String ...<entries><entry gridtype=”value”>

Type of Grid resource (like “gt2”).

GLIDEIN_Glidekeeper String ...<entries><entry gatekeeper=”value”>

URI of the Grid gatekeeper (like “”)

GLIDEIN_GlobusRSL String ...<entries><entry rsl=”value”>

Optional RSL string (like "(condor_submit=('+ProdSlot' 'TRUE'))")

PROXY_URL String ...<entries><entry proxy_url=”value”>

Optional URL of the site Web proxy.

A special value “OSG” can be used to automatically discover the local Web proxy on OSG worker nodes.

This variable is exported as GLIDEIN_Proxy_URL to the use job environment.

DEBUG_MODE String ...<entries><entry verbosity=”value”>

This setting can be either:

  • “std” - Default mode, where all interesting debug information is reported back to the Glidein Factory and the glidein will wait 20 minutes on a worker node that failed validation to minimize the black hole effect.

  • “nodebug” - Disable most diagnostic messages. This can be useful for very stable setups. The glidein still waits 20 minutes on a worker node that failed validation to minimize the black hole effect.

  • Fast – All debugging is enabled and the glidein waits only 2 minutes on a worker node that failed validation. This mode is useful when debugging a misbehaving Grid site.

Frontend Client Variables

The third set of values comes from the Glidein Frontend clients. While a client can set any number of variables, the ones described below ar the most often used.

Name Type Description
GLIDEIN_Client String

Identification name of the VO frontend request (like “ucsd5@v1_0@osg1@cms4”).

GLIDEIN_Collector List

List of Collector URIs used by the VO Condor pool (like “,”).

One of the URIs in the list will be selected and used as HEAD_NODE in the condor_config.

GLIDECLIENT_Start Exp (Bool)

Condor START expression to use in the glideins. All must be true for a user job to start.

PS: The idea of having several variables is meant to help setting factory and frontend-specific requirements.

GLIDECLIENT_Group_Start Exp (Bool)

Used in calculating the Condor RANK

They are summed together, and the user job with the largest rank will run first.

GLIDECLIENT_Group_Rank Exp (Int)
GLIDEIN_Expose_Grid_Env Exp (Bool)

If False, the user job environment will contain only glidein factory provided variables.

If True, the user job environment will also contain the environment variables defined at glidein startup.

See JOB_INHERITS_STARTER_ENVIRONMENT documentation for more details.

GLIDEIN_Expose_X509 Exp (Bool)

By default, the glidein will unset the variable X509_USER_PROXY for security reasons to prevent the user jobs from accessing the pilot proxy. Setting this to true will override this behavior and keep the X509_USER_PROXY in the environment.

Dynamically generated variables

The following variables are being dynamically generated and/or modified by glideinWMS processes. The glideinWMS administrators cannot directly change them.

The first set of variables comes from the Glidein Factory.

Name Type Description
GLIDEIN_Signature String

These variables contain the SHA1 signature of the signature files.

These signatures are used as a base to ensure the integrity of all the data downloaded in the glidein startup scripts, but they also provide a fingerprint of the configuration used by the glidein.

These variables are published both in the glidein ClassAd and in the user job environenmt.

GLIDEIN_Entry_Signature String

The schedd used by the Glidein Factory to submit the glidein.

This variables is exported a GLIDEIN_Schedd both in the glidein ClassAd and to the user job environment.


The cluster and process id assigned by the Glidein Factory schedd to this glidein.

These variables are exported as GLIDEIN_ClusterId and GLIDEIN_ProcId both in the glidein ClassAd and to the user job environment.


Directory Path Variables

The next set contains the location of files and/or directories downloaded or created by the glidein. Most of them are located under the working directory specified by

<entry work_dir=”value”>
Name Description

Path to the directory that admin-provided scripts and user jobs can use for storing temporary data.

This variable is exported as GLIDEIN_Tmp_Dir both to the glidein ClassAd and to the use job environment.


File path to the condor vars files.

Admin-provided scripts may want to add entries to these files.


File path to the script containing the add_config_line and add_confir_vars line functions.


File path to the glidein proxy file.


File path to the Condor mapfile used by the glidein.


Path to the directory containing the trusted CAs' public keys and RSLs.


Directory where the glidein Condor binary distribution have been installed.


File path to the list of wrapper scripts used by the glidein.

Glidein Script Variables (dynamic)

The last set contains various variables generated by the glidein startup scripts.

Name Type Description

List of DNs trusted by the glidein.

X509_EXPIRE time_t

When is the proxy expected to expire.

GLEXEC_STARTER Bool If gLExec is used and this is set to True, the condor_starter will be run sharing the same UID as the user job.


If gLExec is used, this variable points to a trusted copy of a shell.

GLEXEC_USER_DIR String If gLExec is used, this variable points to the working directory under which all user jobs will be started.

GLIDEIN_TORETIRE int Epoch time (in seconds, ie "date +%s) when this glidein is expected to retire. Set to "now" + GLIDEIN_Retire_Time