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From: Michael Kluskens (mklus_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-10-25 13:13:30


On Oct 25, 2006, at 11:43 AM, Katherine Holcomb wrote:

> ...We support
> multiple compilers (specifically PGI and Intel) and due to
> incompatibilities in different vendors' f90 .mod files, we have
> separate
> directories for OpenMPI with each compiler. Therefore we cannot set a
> global path to the OpenMPI binaries -- it will differ depending on the
> user's choice of compiler. I have read about the --prefix flag and
> this
> does work, but our users are mostly barely conversant with Unix and
> many
> would have difficulty finding and specifying the appropriate path.
> (We
> use the modules software environment currently to set paths and the
> like
> for them.) Is there some way to specify something like "use the same
> path as you are in" from the root process? There was some allusion in
> the FAQ to changing the wrappers to include directives, but the
> link led
> to a "no such category" page.

I presume you left some critical piece of information out of your
message, like the name and configuration of the batch queueing system
you are using.

The answer to your question as worded may not be the best answer for
your problem.

I have dealt with two cases similar to yours:

1) Large system using Modules and LSF batch queueing system -- this
type of system requires the people configuring LSF to set up some
stuff or the end users have to use --prefix flag to get the OpenMPI
path, plus more to get the correct compiler (something I never
figured out how to do before the LSF admins extended their LSF
installation to cover OpenMPI). [what stuff I don't know, I'm not an
LSF admin]

2) Local system I sysadm, learning Modules setup was going to take
more time than I had available so I wrote a script that sets PATH,
MANPATH, and LD_LIBRARY_PATH based on similar arguments as the real
Module software (also G95_INCLUDE_PATH for g95). When the user sets
the environmental variables via my script and then runs OpenMPI I see
no problems with OpenMPI on the other nodes; however, we don't have a
batch queuing system. I don't see why using the Modules software
would be any different. One critical piece is that my script also
aliases mpirun, for example "alias mpirun "mpirun --prefix /opt/g95/
openmpi/1.1.1 " (which the real modules software should also be able
to do if needed) and I have only one installation of each type of
compiler (g95, Intel, PGI, Absoft).

Michael