[petsc-dev] Increasing timeout for external package builds?

Matthew Knepley knepley at gmail.com
Wed Mar 13 14:03:42 CDT 2013

On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM, Richard Tran Mills <rtm at eecs.utk.edu>wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> I occasionally see messages like this from configure.py:
>  Error running make on HDF5: Could not execute "cd
>> /home/rmills/proj/petsc-dev/**externalpackages/hdf5-1.8.6 && make clean
>> && make && make install":
>> Runaway process exceeded time limit of 2500s
> But the only real problem is that I am building on a machine that is a
> slow POS (and often is part of a O($100 million) supercomputer). 1) Is
> there a way to increase this timeout on the command line?, and 2) if so,
> could we have configure.py tell the user this option when it bails out due
> to this time limit?

We don't have a uniform timeout option since we have dozens of different
timeouts in the code. It is an argument
to executeShellCommand(). I think the best place to put an option might be
in package.py for a package install.


> Thanks,
> Richard
> --
> Richard Tran Mills, Ph.D.
> Computational Earth Scientist      | Joint Assistant Professor
> Hydrogeochemical Dynamics Team     | EECS and Earth & Planetary Sciences
> Oak Ridge National Laboratory      | University of Tennessee, Knoxville
> E-mail: rmills at ornl.gov  V: 865-241-3198 http://climate.ornl.gov/~**rmills<http://climate.ornl.gov/~rmills>

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