LSF mini reference
Below is an overview of the most important LSF commands and their frequently used options.
Submit a job to the batch system.
|-W HH:MM||Wall-clock time required by the job. Can also be expressed in minutes.|
|-n N||Number of cores required by the job.|
|-R "rusage[mem=X]"||Amount of memory (in MB per core) required by the job.|
|-o outfile||Append the job's output (stdout) to outfile. The keyword "%J" is interpreted as the job's numerical ID.|
|-e errfile||Append the job's error (stderr) to errfile. By default, stderr is merged with stdout.|
|-oo outfile||Write the job's output (stdout) to outfile, overwriting it if it already exists.|
|-eo errfile||Write the job's error (stderr) to errfile, overwriting it if it already exists.|
|-I / -Ip / -Is||Run the job interactively. Input/output are redirected from/to your terminal. Use -Ip to create a pseudo-terminal, and -Is to enable shell support.|
|-J jobname||Assign a (non necessarily unique) name to the job. Used to define job chains. To avoid confusion with numerical job IDs, jobname should contain at least one letter.|
|-w "depcond"||Wait (do not start the job) until the specified dependency condition is satisfied. For example: "done(jobID)", "ended(jobname)". Quotes are recommended.|
|-B / -N||Send an e-mail to the job's owner (firstname.lastname@example.org) when the job begins / ends.|
|-u user||Send e-mail to user instead of the job's owner. The recipient's address must be inside the ETH domain. The firewall blocks e-mail sent to other addresses. (Note: This switch alone does not imply -B nor -N.)|
|-r||Indicate that the job is re-runnable. If the compute node where your job is running crashes, LSF will automatically re-run it from the beginning on a different node.|
|-G share_name||Use the share_name shareholder share to run this job|
Monitor one or more batch jobs.
|(no option)||List all your jobs — running, pending or suspended.|
|-l / -w||Long / wide format (mutually exclusive).|
|-r||Show only running jobs.|
|-p||Show only pending jobs, and the reason why they are pending.|
|-d||Show only jobs that ended recently (done).|
|-x||Show jobs that have triggered an exception (e.g. "idle").|
|-q queue||Show jobs in the specified batch queue.|
|-u user||Show jobs submitted by another user (or "all").|
|-J jobname||Show information about the specified job(s).|
|jobID(s)||Show information about the specified job(s). This must be the last argument.|
Kill (or signal) one or more jobs.
|jobID(s)||Kill the specified job(s).|
|0||Kill all jobs submitted by you (that's a zero, not the letter "O").|
|-J jobname||Kill the last job submitted under that name.|
|-J jobname 0||Kill all jobs submitted under that name. Used to kill a series of jobs at once.|
|-s signal||Send a signal (e.g. URG, USR2) to the job. Your job must be designed to handle that signal, for example to save data. Sending the wrong signal may be fatal.|
Modify a job's parameters.
|-w "depcond"||Modify a job's dependency condition. Use -wn to remove it.|
|jobID||ID of the job to be modified.|
Show information about one or more batch queues.
|(no option)||List all queues (name, priority, status, limits, number of pending/running jobs).|
|-w||The same, with slightly more details.|
|-l queue||Show a long description of one or more queues (all by default).|
Show processor load.
|host(s)||Show load information for the specified hosts (all by default). Can be used in conjunction with bjobs to see how much memory a job is using, for example.|