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Configuring your user environment on LDAS

This page describes the default user environments on LDAS, and how to customise availability and versions of the following software distributions:

Intel oneAPI

The Intel oneAPI Base Toolkit is available by default on LDAS, with the exception of the intelpython and mpi modules.

Disabling all Intel modules

To disable loading of all Intel oneAPI modules, create an empty file in your home directory called ~/.nointel:

touch ~/.nointel

Customising the included oneAPI modules

To take full control over which modules to include/exclude (including pinning specific versions) please create ~/.oneapi_config.txt that takes precedence over the default /opt/intel/oneapi/oneapi_config.txt

Conda environment selection

The igwn conda environment is activated for all users by default when logging into a Rocky Linux 8 headnode. This can be customized by each user in a few different ways:

  • To prevent any conda pre-setup from occurring, which will prevent you from running conda activate from your shell and prevent any conda environment activation, create an empty ~/.noconda file in your home directory:

    touch ~/.noconda
  • To allow the conda pre-setup to occur, but prevent any conda environment from activating on login, you can create a file called ~/.noigwn in your home directory:

    touch ~/.igwn
  • To change the conda environment that gets activated when you login from the default igwn to something else, create a file called ~/.conda_version in your home directory. This file should contain a single line that is the name of the custom environment you want to activate:

    echo "igwn-py39-20220827" > ~/.conda_version

Corner cases:

  • If your selected conda environment doesn't exist, then no conda environment will be activated and a message will be printed to the screen. You will still be able to log in, but you will not be in an igwn conda environment. At this point you should remove or rename your ~/.conda_version custom environment selection file.

  • If you have multiple lines in ~/.conda_version, only the first line will be read.

  • If conda is broken or unavailable to the point that it is not allowing you to log in at all, then you can ssh into a cluster headnode using port 2222 to bypass any conda setup, regardless of the presence of a ~/.noigwn or ~/.conda_version file. This has the same effect as creating a ~/.noconda file in your home directory.

    ssh -p 2222


Enabling MATLAB

MATLAB is available on the command path by default, and can be discovered using which:

$ which matlab


The default matlab version will be updated from time-to-time according to approval from the Software Change Control Board.

Enabling a specific version of MATLAB

To select a specific version of MATLAB, create a file in your ${HOME} directory named .usematlab_{release}, where {release} is the release number of MATLAB that you want, e.g:

touch ~/.usematlab_r2019a

Listing available MATLAB releases

To list the available MATLAB releases, just run this:

ls /ldcg/ | grep matlab

Disabling MATLAB

Disabling MATLAB

To opt out of all MATLAB releases, create a file in your ${HOME} directory named .nomatlab:

touch ~/.nomatlab


~/.nomatlab takes precedence over any ~/.usematlab_* files, so if you want to opt in after previously opting out, make sure and remove the old ~/.nomatlab file.

Restoring accidentally deleted/modified files at CIT

Home directories on the CIT cluster use the ZFS filesystem, which allows for periodic snapshots. This allows you to recover accidentally deleted/modified files as long as the file you want to recover existed when the snapshot was taken.

Here's an example. Let's assume you're a user working in your home directory on the CIT cluster:

$ pwd
$ ls -l test.file
-rw-------   1 albert.einstein albert.einstein  8416 Feb 18  2020 test.file
$ rm test.file

Oops--you didn't mean to delete test.file!

To find out if you can recover this file, first you need to see what snapshots are available. You can find them by looking at the files in the .zfs/snapshot directory inside your home directory:

$ ls /home/albert.einstein/.zfs/snapshot
autosnap_2021-10-01_00:00:01_monthly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_00:42:36_weekly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_15:25:30_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_05:56:38_hourly/
autosnap_2021-11-01_19:27:51_monthly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_02:43:53_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_16:16:33_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_07:03:20_hourly/
autosnap_2021-11-15_23:30:55_weekly/   autosnap_2021-12-07_03:32:00_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_17:35:32_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_08:34:30_hourly/
autosnap_2021-11-16_16:17:41_monthly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_04:18:34_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_18:42:37_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_09:22:19_hourly/
autosnap_2021-11-16_16:17:41_weekly/   autosnap_2021-12-07_05:33:12_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_19:06:09_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_10:32:40_hourly/
autosnap_2021-11-22_23:48:55_weekly/   autosnap_2021-12-07_06:06:00_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_20:38:54_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_11:52:12_hourly/
autosnap_2021-11-29_23:43:30_weekly/   autosnap_2021-12-07_07:42:33_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_21:05:52_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_13:02:57_hourly/
autosnap_2021-12-01_00:24:05_monthly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_08:07:01_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_22:31:05_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_14:48:35_hourly/
autosnap_2021-12-02_00:17:00_daily/    autosnap_2021-12-07_09:45:35_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-07_23:47:03_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_16:08:23_hourly/
autosnap_2021-12-03_00:11:47_daily/    autosnap_2021-12-07_10:15:41_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_00:21:21_daily/   autosnap_2021-12-08_17:28:41_hourly/
autosnap_2021-12-04_00:04:44_daily/    autosnap_2021-12-07_11:47:58_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_00:21:21_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_18:28:45_hourly/
autosnap_2021-12-05_00:06:23_daily/    autosnap_2021-12-07_12:25:30_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_02:14:08_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_19:39:26_hourly/
autosnap_2021-12-06_00:12:35_daily/    autosnap_2021-12-07_13:11:19_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_03:54:22_hourly/
autosnap_2021-12-07_00:42:36_daily/    autosnap_2021-12-07_14:44:16_hourly/  autosnap_2021-12-08_04:39:22_hourly/

As you can see, there are snapshots labeled with their time day and time (denoted in yyyy-mm-dd_hh:dd:ss format). To see if a particular file exists in a snapshot, you can just ls the snapshot for it. However, you should note that the <homedir>/.zfs/snapshot/<snapshot> will be the root of that snapshot, i.e. a picture of what <homedir> looked like at the time the snapshot was taken. Therefore, you'll need to look down the path where the file of interest lived (in the example, /temp):

$ ls -l /home/albert.einstein/.zfs/snapshot/autosnap_2021-12-08_11:52:12_hourly/temp/test.file
-rw------- 1 albert.einstein albert.einstein 8416 Feb 18  2020 /home/albert.einstein/.zfs/snapshot/autosnap_2021-12-08_11:52:12_hourly/temp/test.file

You can view/open any of the files in a snapshot just as you would with the original file, so you can check that the file is the version you want. However, please note that the snapshots are read only, so you cannot modify the file inside the snapshot.

Once you've found a version of the file to restore, you simply need to copy it back to your home directory so you can work with it. Simply use cp:

$ cp -ip /home/albert.einstein/.zfs/snapshot/autosnap_2021-12-08_11:52:12_hourly/temp/test.file /home/albert.einstein/temp
$ ls -l test.file
-rw------- 1 albert.einstein albert.einstein 8416 Feb 18  2020 test.file

The -p option will preserve the ownership and timestamps of the file (if that's what you want).

If you want to restore an entire directory tree, this is also possible, just use something like

$ cp -ipr /home/albert.einstein/.zfs/snapshot/autosnap_2021-12-08_11:52:12_hourly/temp /home/albert.einstein

to restore the entire "temp" directory, where the '-r' option is for a recursive copy of the entire tree.