You can use a spack monitor “Spackmon” server to store a database of your packages, builds, and associated metadata for provenance, research, or some other kind of development. You should follow the instructions in the spack monitor documentation to first create a server along with a username and token for yourself. You can then use this guide to interact with the server.

Analysis Monitoring

To read about how to monitor an analysis (meaning you want to send analysis results to a server) see Monitoring An Analysis.

Monitoring An Install

Since an install is typically when you build packages, we logically want to tell spack to monitor during this step. Let’s start with an example where we want to monitor the install of hdf5. Unless you have disabled authentication for the server, we first want to export our spack monitor token and username to the environment:

$ export SPACKMON_TOKEN=50445263afd8f67e59bd79bff597836ee6c05438
$ export SPACKMON_USER=spacky

By default, the host for your server is expected to be at with a prefix of ms1, and if this is the case, you can simply add the --monitor flag to the install command:

$ spack install --monitor hdf5

If you need to customize the host or the prefix, you can do that as well:

$ spack install --monitor --monitor-prefix monitor --monitor-host hdf5

As a precaution, we cut out early in the spack client if you have not provided authentication credentials. For example, if you run the command above without exporting your username or token, you’ll see:

==> Error: You are required to export SPACKMON_TOKEN and SPACKMON_USER

This extra check is to ensure that we don’t start any builds, and then discover that you forgot to export your token. However, if your monitoring server has authentication disabled, you can tell this to the client to skip this step:

$ spack install --monitor --monitor-disable-auth hdf5

If the service is not running, you’ll cleanly exit early - the install will not continue if you’ve asked it to monitor and there is no service. For example, here is what you’ll see if the monitoring service is not running:

[Errno 111] Connection refused

If you want to continue builds (and stop monitoring) you can set the --monitor-keep-going flag.

$ spack install --monitor --monitor-keep-going hdf5

This could mean that if a request fails, you only have partial or no data added to your monitoring database. This setting will not be applied to the first request to check if the server is running, but to subsequent requests. If you don’t have a monitor server running and you want to build, simply don’t provide the --monitor flag!