Single Account / Multiple Projects
If you work with several research groups, you had a separate account for each group. This meant multiple home directories, multiple passwords, etc. Over the years there have been requests for a single login system. We've now put that in place.
How will this affect you?
If you work with multiple groups, you'll need to be aware of how this works.
- It will be very important to use the correct project code for batch job charging.
- Managing the sharing of files between your projects (groups) is a little more complicated.
- In most cases, you will only need to fill out software license agreements once.
The single username
We requested those with multiple accounts to choose a preferred username. If one was not selected by the user, we selected one for them.
The preferred username will be your only active account; you will not be able to log in or submit jobs with the other accounts.
Checking the groups of a username
To check all groups of a username (USERID), use the command:
The first one from the output is your primary group, which is the project code (PROJECTID) this username (USERID) was created under.
All project codes your user account is under is determined by the groups displayed. One can also use the OSC Client Portal to look at their current projects.
Changing the primary group for a login session
You can change the primary group of your username (USERID) to any UNIX group (GROUP) that username (USERID) belongs to during the login session using the command:
This change is only valid during this login session. If you log out and log back in, your primary group is changed back to the default one.
Check previous user accounts
There is no available tool to check all of your previous active accounts. We sent an email to each impacted user providing the information on your preferred username and previous accounts. Please refer to that email (sent on July 11, subject "Multiple OSC Accounts - Your Single Username").
How to specify the charging project
Specify a project to charge the job to using the
-A flag. e.g. The following example will charge to project PAS1234.
#SBATCH -A PAS1234
Batch limits policy
The job limit per user remains the same. That is to say, though your jobs are charged against different project codes, the total number of jobs and cores your user account can use on each system is still restricted by the previous user-based limit. Therefore, consolidating multiple user accounts into one preferred user account may affect the work of some users.
Please check our batch limit policy on each system for more details.
Managing multiple home directories
Data from your non-preferred accounts will remain in those home directories; the ownership of the files will be updated to your preferred username, the newly consolidated account. You can access your other home directories using the command
You will need to consolidate all files to your preferred username as soon as possible because we plan to purge the data in future. Please contact OSC Help if you need the information on your other home directories to access the files.
Previous files associated with your other usernames
- Files associated with your non-preferred accounts will have their ownership changed to your preferred username.
- These files won't count against your home directory file quota.
- There will be no change to files and quotas on the project and scratch file systems.
Change group of a file
Log in with preferred username (P_ USERID) and create a new file of which the owner and group is your preferred username (P_ USERID) and primary project code (P_PROJECTID). Then change the group of the newly created file (FILE) using the command:
chgrp PROJECTID FILE
Managing file sharing in a batch job
In the Linux file system, every file has an owner and a group. By default, the group (project code) assigned to a file is the primary group of the user who creates it. This means that even if you change the charged account for a batch job, any files created will still be associated with your primary group.
To change the group for new files you will need to update your primary group prior to submitting your slurm script using the
It is important to remember that groups are used in two different ways: for resource use charging and file permissions. In the simplest case, if you are a member of only one research group/project, you won't need either option above. If you are in multiple research groups and/or multiple projects, you may need something like:
newgrp PAS0002 sbatch -A PAS0002 myjob.sh
If you use the OnDemand Files app to upload files to the OSC filesystem, the group ownership of uploaded files will be your primary group.
- We will merge all your current agreements if you have multiple accounts.
In many cases, you will only need to fill out software license agreements once.
- Some vendors may require you to sign an updated agreement.
- Some vendors may also require the PI of each of your research groups/project codes to sign an agreement.