put jobs in the queue into the hold state


condor_hold [-help | -version ]

condor_hold [-debug ] [-reason reasonstring] [-subcode number] [ -pool centralmanagerhostname[:portnumber] | -name scheddname ] | [-addr “<a.b.c.d:port>”] cluster… | cluster.process… | user… | -constraint expression

condor_hold [-debug ] [-reason reasonstring] [-subcode number] [ -pool centralmanagerhostname[:portnumber] | -name scheddname ] | [-addr “<a.b.c.d:port>”] -all


condor_hold places jobs from the HTCondor job queue in the hold state. If the -name option is specified, the named condor_schedd is targeted for processing. Otherwise, the local condor_schedd is targeted. The jobs to be held are identified by one or more job identifiers, as described below. For any given job, only the owner of the job or one of the queue super users (defined by the QUEUE_SUPER_USERS macro) can place the job on hold.

A job in the hold state remains in the job queue, but the job will not run until released with condor_release.

A currently running job that is placed in the hold state by condor_hold is sent a hard kill signal.



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-pool centralmanagerhostname[:portnumber]

Specify a pool by giving the central manager’s host name and an optional port number

-name scheddname

Send the command to a machine identified by scheddname

-addr “<a.b.c.d:port>”

Send the command to a machine located at “<a.b.c.d:port>”


Causes debugging information to be sent to stderr, based on the value of the configuration variable TOOL_DEBUG.

-reason reasonstring

Sets the job ClassAd attribute HoldReason to the value given by reasonstring. reasonstring will be delimited by double quote marks on the command line, if it contains space characters.

-subcode number

Sets the job ClassAd attribute HoldReasonSubCode to the integer value given by number.


Hold all jobs in the specified cluster


Hold the specific job in the cluster


Hold all jobs belonging to specified user

-constraint expression

Hold all jobs which match the job ClassAd expression constraint (within quotation marks). Note that quotation marks must be escaped with the backslash characters for most shells.


Hold all the jobs in the queue

See Also



To place on hold all jobs (of the user that issued the condor_hold command) that are not currently running:

$ condor_hold -constraint "JobStatus!=2"

Multiple options within the same command cause the union of all jobs that meet either (or both) of the options to be placed in the hold state. Therefore, the command

$ condor_hold Mary -constraint "JobStatus!=2"

places all of Mary’s queued jobs into the hold state, and the constraint holds all queued jobs not currently running. It also sends a hard kill signal to any of Mary’s jobs that are currently running. Note that the jobs specified by the constraint will also be Mary’s jobs, if it is Mary that issues this example condor_hold command.

Exit Status

condor_hold will exit with a status value of 0 (zero) upon success, and it will exit with the value 1 (one) upon failure.