[Beowulf] Re: pdsh question

Dave Love d.love at liverpool.ac.uk
Tue May 11 15:56:38 PDT 2010

Prentice Bisbal <prentice at ias.edu> writes:

> 1. Do you build and RPM from the .spec file, which doesn't support
> genders, or do you configure/compile yourself?

?? I'm pretty sure I built it with genders using the supplied spec file.
Check the comments at the top about configuration -- I don't have it to

> 2. If not using genders, what is the syntax of the /etc/machines file? I
> assume it's the same as the gender file, but that's just a hunch.
> 3. Are there any advantages/disadvantages to using machines over genders?

I don't see any advantage to machines.  I'd recommend genders, which is
definitely useful to select the different node types we have, e.g. with
different service processors.  (Unfortunately freeipmi doesn't have
genders support, and as far as I know, there's no way to associate nodes
and their service processors directly with genders, which would make
some things easier.  I've been meaning to ask Al Chu about implementing

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