I know commands, like qsub, qstat -a, qstat -an, etc.

But how can I find how many jobs a single user has in the queue (not all necessarily running) at any given time?

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I think you're looking for the 'user' option of qstat. qstat -u username lists all jobs belonging to the given user. Wildcards can be included with a backslash: qstat -u \\* lists all jobs.

To answer your specific question (total jobs), you can use wc to count the lines that qstat outputs:

qstat -u username | wc -l

But that will give two more than the actual jobs because qstat has two header lines. So the full command you may want is:

expr $(qstat -u username | wc -l) - 2

Which asks for the jobs by user username, counts the numbers of lines, and subtracts 2.


Number of header lines may be different from 2 (e.g., on our Cray it is 5). Another solution is:

qselect -u username | wc -l

qselect does not produce header lines.


An actual solution is qstat -u username |grep username |wc -l this way the number of header lines does not matter.

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    Jun 15, 2021 at 10:19

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