Vacate jobs that are running on the specified hosts


condor_vacate [-help | -version ]

condor_vacate [-graceful | -fast ] [-debug ] [-pool centralmanagerhostname[:portnumber]] [ -name hostname | hostname | -addr “<a.b.c.d:port>” | “<a.b.c.d:port>” | -constraint expression | -all ]


condor_vacate causes HTCondor force jobs to vacate from a given set of machines. The job(s) remains in the submitting machine’s job queue.

Given the (default) -graceful option, jobs are killed and HTCondor restarts the job from the beginning somewhere else. condor_vacate has no effect on a machine with no HTCondor job currently running.

There is generally no need for the user or administrator to explicitly run condor_vacate. HTCondor takes care of jobs in this way automatically following the policies given in configuration files.



Display usage information


Display version information


Give the job a change to shut down cleanly, then soft-kill it.


Hard-kill jobs instead of giving them to shut down cleanly.


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

-pool centralmanagerhostname[:portnumber]

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

-name hostname

Send the command to a machine identified by hostname


Send the command to a machine identified by hostname

-addr “<a.b.c.d:port>”

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


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

-constraint expression

Apply this command only to machines matching the given ClassAd expression


Send the command to all machines in the pool

Exit Status

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


To send a condor_vacate command to two named machines:

$ condor_vacate  robin cardinal

To send the condor_vacate command to a machine within a pool of machines other than the local pool, use the -pool option. The argument is the name of the central manager for the pool. Note that one or more machines within the pool must be specified as the targets for the command. This command sends the command to a the single machine named cae17 within the pool of machines that has as its central manager:

$ condor_vacate -pool -name cae17