Flight checks, AKA preflights and postflights, new in Qube 6.6, are programs and/or scripts that are run on the worker just before and after the actual job or agenda starts.
The exit codes of flight checks determine the processing and exit status of their respective job instances or agendas.
System-wide vs Job-specific
System-wide flight checks are installed by the site administrator into predefined locations on the worker systems, and are run for every job. By default, system-wide flight checks are installed in one of four subdirectories under $QBDIR/flightCheck on the worker. More precisely:
The postflight checks are still run if an instance or agenda-item fails.
Instance-level vs Agenda-level flight checks and the effect of their exit codes
Instance-level preflights and postflights are run on the worker just before and after job instances are processed, respectively. Similarly, agenda-level preflights and postflights are run just before and after agendas are processed, respectively.
- If an instance-level preflight exits non-zero, any additional preflights for the job instance are skipped, the execution of the job instance is canceled, and the job instance is reported to the supervisor as "failed".
- If an agenda-level preflight program exits non-zero, any addtional preflights for the agenda are skipped, the agenda will be unprocessed, and reported as "failed". The job instance will move onto processing the next agenda.
- If an instance-level postflight exits non-zero, any additional postflights for the job instance are skipped, and the job instance is reported to be "failed".
- If an agenda-level postflight exits non-zero, any additional postflights for the agenda are skipped, and the agenda is reported as "failed". The job instance will move onto processing the next agenda.
When writing postflight scripts for cmdline and cmdrange jobs, you can query the environment variable QB_SYSTEM_EXIT_CODE to find out the numerical exit code of the last command that was run.