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cook - load balancing rsh


cook [ option... ] architecture command [ argument... ]
cook -Help


The cook program is a wrapper around rsh(1) which does simple load balancing. It obtains
its load information by running the rup(1) command, and selects the most suitable host
hased on the architecture you specify, and the least load of all hosts of that

The first command line argument is the architecture name which is used to get the list of
possible hosts. From that list the rup(1) command is run to determine the host with the
lowest load, which is in turn used as the first argument of the eventual rsh(1) command.


In order to make use of this program, somewhere in your cookbook, you need to add a line
which reads
parallel_rsh = "cook";
If the host chosen is the same as the caller (build host) then this program just exec the
command skipping the rsh. So it costs nothing to use this in a one machine network!

For each recipe you want distributed to a remote host, you need to add a host-binding
attribute to. Typical usage is where you have a muti-architecture build.
%1/%0%.o: %0%.c
host-binding %1 {
cc -o [target] -c [resolve %0%.c]; }
In the recipe given here, each architecture has its object files placed into a separate
architecture-specific directory tree. The architecture name (%1) is used in the host-
binding, so that the compiles may be load-balanced to all machines of that architecture.

If you need a command to run on a specific host (say, because that's where a specific
application license resides), then simply use the host name in the host-binding
attribute, rather than an architecture name.


The /host_lists.pl file is expected to exist, and to contain variable definitions used to
determine if hosts are members of particular architectures.

The /host_lists.pl file defines a perl HOL "hash of lists" The hash is %ArchNames and it
maps names of architectures as user want to see them, to list references as the actual
lists are stored.

The names of each architecture could be any form you wish but the convention is to use
the GNUish names such as "sparc-sun-solaris2.8".

For each architecture, define one or more lists of machines according to what function
each machine set may do. This can be as simple or as elaborate as required. The form of
the list variable name can be any valid perl identifier but may as well be like the
architecture name with dash changed to underbar and dot removed, and the type added. For
example one might define solaris hosts as:
@sparc_sun_solaris28_hosts = (
"mickey", "minny", "scrooge" );
And linux hosts as:
@i386_linux22_hosts = (
"goofy", "scrooge" );

If there is a need to define different sets of machines for different types of jobs then
add a suffix to the names in the host-binding directive on each of the recipes, and
lists here with the same suffix.

The hash to map argument names to lists is defined like:
%ArchNames = (
"sparc-solaris2.8", => @sparc_solaris28_hosts,
"i586-unknown-linux22", => @i386_linux22_hosts, );

Of course if users have differing opinions as to what the architecture names should look
like, you can define "alias" mappings as well.
"sun4-SunOS-5.8", => @sparc_solaris28_hosts,
Or maybe the level is of no importance, then define
"sparc-solaris", => @sparc_solaris28_hosts,
"sparc-solaris2.7", => @sparc_solaris28_hosts,
Also, this list isn't allowed to be empty.

And finally, curtesy of Perl, the last line of the file must read
1; for obscure and magical reasons.


Typical commands seen during a build would look like
sh -c 'cd /aegis/dd/gumby2.2.C079 && \ sh -ce /aegis/dd/gumby2.2.C079/.6.1; \
echo $? > /aegis/dd/gumby2.2.C079/.6.2'
So we can extract the project/ change from the command quite easily and logging it via
syslog would be a trivial addition.


This command is not usually given any options.

-h Help - show usage info

-vP Verbose - report choice

-Tn Trace value for testing

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