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Re: Updating public AMIs to have Ubuntu 14.04? Or how to install starcluster on AWS AMI?

From: Avner May <no email>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:09:24 -0500

Hi all,

I have carefully followed Jennifer Staab's instructions here
<>, and things are working
great (*** THANK YOU SO MUCH JENNIFER!! ***). One small hiccup I ran into
is that at that link, one of the commands is long and is split into 2 lines
('apt-get install nfs-kernel-server nfs-common rpcbind libgssglue1
libnfsidmap2 libtirpc1 -y") -- if this is copy-pasted as 2 lines, it will
fail quietly when instance is launched, and it eventually leads to an error
starting NFS on the master (see error message below).

I also followed the instructions here
in order to install NVIDIA drivers and CUDA (though I installed the latest
versions, not the ones included in that post).

I would recommend including a modified version of Jennifer's instructions
directly linked from the primary StarCluster website in order to explain
how to set-up a non-StarCluster AMI to work with StarCluster. This is
super valuable information.

Now everything is working!!!

Starting NFS server on master
!!! ERROR - Error occured while running plugin
!!! ERROR - remote command 'source /etc/profile && /etc/init.d/nfs
!!! ERROR - start' failed with status 127:
!!! ERROR - bash: /etc/init.d/nfs: No such file or directory

On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 3:01 PM, Don Morton <>

> Hello,
> I faced this same issue a few months ago, and somehow succeeded after
> bumping into lots of walls (most of it based on my own ignorance). I
> haven't done anything with this since, and these notes are extremely rough
> (hopefully I didn't cuss too much!), but you are welcome to use what you
> need. Maybe someone will have the time to make something more formal, but
> I'm afraid it won't be me for some time now.
> All the best,
> Don
> ---
> Don Morton, Owner/Manager
> Boreal Scientific Computing LLC
> Fairbanks, Alaska USA
> On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 7:42 PM, Avner May <>
> wrote:
>> I see that this has already been asked several times:
>>, etc.
>> Which of these guides should I use? Why hasn't an Ubuntu 14.04 AMI been
>> made public by the StarCluster development team yet? Are there plans to do
>> this? Meanwhile, could someone make their AMI public?
>> It seems there is widespread interest in updated AMIs (EBS and HVM-EBS
>> versions).
>> Thanks so much,
>> Avner
>> On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 2:30 PM, Avner May <>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> My goal is to have a StarCluster AMI with Ubuntu 14.04, CUDA 7.5, and
>>> the latest NVIDIA drivers (I want to use g2.2xlarge instance type).
>>> I have noticed that the public StarCluster AMIs are pretty outdated,
>>> with the most up-to-date AMIs using Ubuntu 13.04, which has already reached
>>> its "end of life
>>> <>".
>>> Could an Ubuntu 14.04 + 64-bit + HVM-EBS public AMI be created, with CUDA
>>> 7.5 and the latest NVIDIA driver
>>> <> installed?
>>> This would be incredibly useful. I am having a very hard time
>>> upgrading ami-6b211202 for my needs (I have run into issues updating
>>> ubuntu, as well as installing NVIDIA drivers and CUDA).
>>> Here
>>> <>
>>> are instructions on how to install NVIDIA drivers and CUDA on Ubuntu 14.04
>>> AMI (ami-9eaa1cf6). So another option which would satisfy my needs would
>>> be if you simply gave me instructions on how to install StarCluster on this
>>> AMI.
>>> Any advice on the easiest way to get a working StarCluster AMI, with an
>>> up to date version of Ubuntu, would be great.
>>> Thanks!
>>> Avner
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