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DMTCP_LAUNCH(1) Distributed MultiThreaded CheckPointing DMTCP_LAUNCH(1)


dmtcp_launch -- launch a process under DMTCP control.


dmtcp_launch [OPTIONS] <command> [args...]


dmtcp_launch launches a process under DMTCP control.

A typical usage is: rm ckpt_a.out_*.dmtcp # Remove any stale copies of ckpt image dmtcp_launch --interval 5 a.out dmtcp_command --checkpoint # Execute this in another window #Kill the currently running a.out process dmtcp_restart ckpt_a.out_*.dmtcp


Connecting to the DMTCP Coordinator

-h, --coord-host hostname (environment variable DMTCP_COORD_HOST)
Hostname where dmtcp_coordinator is run (default: localhost)
-p, --coord-port port (environment variable DMTCP_COORD_PORT)
Port where dmtcp_coordinator is run (default: 7779)
--port-file filename
File to write listener port number. (Useful with --coord-port 0, which is used to assign a random port)
-j, --join
Join an existing coordinator, raise error if one doesn't already exist
Create a new coordinator at the given port. Fail if one already exists on the given port. The port can be specified with --coord-port, or with environment variable DMTCP_COORD_PORT. If no port is specified, start coordinator at a random port (same as specifying port '0').
Execute the process in stand-alone coordinator-less mode.
Use dmtcp_command or --interval to request checkpoints.
-i, --interval seconds (environment variable DMTCP_CHECKPOINT_INTERVAL)
Time in seconds between automatic checkpoints. 0 implies never (manual ckpt only); if not set and no env var, use default value set in dmtcp_coordinator or dmtcp_command. Not allowed if --join is specified

Checkpoint image generation

--gzip, --no-gzip (environment variable DMTCP_GZIP=[01])
Enable/disable compression of checkpoint images (default: 1 (enabled))
WARNING: gzip adds seconds. Without gzip, ckpt is often < 1s
--ckptdir path (environment variable DMTCP_CHECKPOINT_DIR)
Directory to store checkpoint images (default: curr dir at launch)
Checkpoint open files and restore old working dir. (default: do neither)
Deprecated. Use --ckpt-open-files instead.
--ckpt-signal signum
Signal number used internally by DMTCP for checkpointing (default: 12)
--ckpt-signal signum
Deprecated. Use --ckpt-signal instead.

Enable/disable plugins

--with-plugin plugins (environment variable DMTCP_PLUGIN)
Colon-separated list of DMTCP plugins to be preloaded with DMTCP. (Absolute pathnames are required.)
--batch-queue, --rm
Enable support for resource managers (Torque PBS and SLURM). (default: disabled)
Enable support for PTRACE system call for gdb/strace etc. (default: disabled)
Update environment variables based on the environment on the restart host (e.g., DISPLAY=$DISPLAY). This can be set in a file dmtcp_env.txt. (default: disabled)
--ib, --infiniband
Enable InfiniBand plugin. (default: disabled)
--disable-alloc-plugin (environment variable DMTCP_ALLOC_PLUGIN=[01])
Disable alloc plugin (default: enabled).
--disable-dl-plugin (environment variable DMTCP_DL_PLUGIN=[01])
Disable dl plugin (default: enabled).
--disable-all-plugins (EXPERTS ONLY, FOR DEBUGGING)
Disable all plugins.

Other options

--prefix path
Prefix where DMTCP is installed on remote nodes.
--tmpdir path (environment variable DMTCP_TMPDIR)
Directory to store temporary files (default: $TMDPIR/dmtcp-$USER@$HOST or /tmp/dmtcp-$USER@$HOST)
-q, --quiet (or set environment variable DMTCP_QUIET = 0, 1, or 2)
Skip NOTE messages; if given twice, also skip WARNINGs
Print this message and exit.
Print version information and exit.


Report bugs to:
DMTCP home page: <>


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See /usr/share/doc/dmtcp-2.6.0/AUTHORS.


DMTCP version 2.6.0 of July, 2019.


See /usr/share/doc/dmtcp-2.6.0/COPYING file.

License LGPLv3+: GNU LGPL version 3 or later <>.

This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; see COPYING file for details.

July, 2019 Distributed MultiThreaded CheckPointing