How to debug

When an error/exception happens during the execution of an application, the first thing that users must do is to check the application output:

  • Using runcompss the output is shown in the console.

  • Using enqueue_compss the output is in the compss-<JOB_ID>.out and compss-<JOB_ID>.err

If the error happens within a task, it will not appear in these files. Users must check the log folder in order to find what has failed. The log folder is by default in:

  • Using runcompss: $HOME/.COMPSs/<APP_NAME>_XX (where XX is a number between 00 and 99, and increases on each run).

  • Using enqueue_compss: $HOME/.COMPSs/<JOB_ID>

This log folder contains the jobs folder, where all output/errors of the tasks are stored. In particular, each task produces a JOB<TASK_NUMBER>_NEW.out and JOB<TASK_NUMBER>_NEW.err files when a task fails.


If the user enables the debug mode by including the -d flag into runcompss or enqueue_compss command, more information will be stored in the log folder of each run easing the error detection. In particular, all output and error output of all tasks will appear within the jobs folder.

In addition, some more log files will appear:

  • runtime.log

  • pycompss.log (only if using the Python binding).

  • pycompss.err (only if using the Python binding and an error in the binding happens.)

  • resources.log

  • workers folder. This folder will contain four files per worker node:

    • worker_<MACHINE_NAME>.out

    • worker_<MACHINE_NAME>.err

    • binding_worker_<MACHINE_NAME>.out

    • binding_worker_<MACHINE_NAME>.err

As a suggestion, users should check the last lines of the runtime.log. If the file-transfers or the tasks are failing an error message will appear in this file. If the file-transfers are successfully and the jobs are submitted, users should check the jobs folder and look at the error messages produced inside each job. Users should notice that if there are RESUBMITTED files something inside the job is failing.

If the workers folder is empty, means that the execution failed and the COMPSs runtime was not able to retrieve the workers logs. In this case, users must connect to the workers and look directly into the worker logs. Alternatively, if the user is running with a shared disk (e.g. in a supercomputer), the user can define a shared folder in the --worker_working_directory=/shared/folder where a tmp_XXXXXX folder will be created on the application execution and all worker logs will be stored.


When debug is enabled, the workers also produce log files which are transferred to the master when the application finishes. These log files are always removed from the workers (even if there is a failure to avoid abandoning files). Consequently, it is possible to disable the removal of the log files produced by the workers, so that users can still check them in the worker nodes if something fails and these logs are not transferred to the master node. To this end, include the following flag into runcompss or enqueue_compss:


Please, note that the workers will store the log files into the folder defined by the --worker_working_directory, that can be a shared or local folder.


If segmentation fault occurs, the core dump file can be generated by setting the following flag into runcompss or enqueue_compss:


The following subsections show debugging examples depending on the choosen flavour (Java, Python or C/C++).