3. Command line interface

3.1. Installation

The PROMINENCE CLI can be installed from PyPI, or if preferred, it can be run using containers. It is possible for normal users to install the PROMINENCE CLI without having to request any assistance from their system administrators.

3.1.1. Using pip With sudo or root access

The PROMINENCE CLI can be installed on a host by typing the following:

$ sudo pip install prominence-cli As a normal user without using virtualenv

The PROMINENCE CLI can be installed in a user’s home directory by running:

$ pip install --user prominence-cli

The directory .local/bin will need to be added to the PATH. As a normal user using virtualenv

The PROMINENCE CLI can be installed in a new virtual environment, e.g.

$ virtualenv ~/.virtualenvs/prominence
$ source ~/.virtualenvs/prominence/bin/activate
$ pip install prominence-cli

If virtualenv is not available it can be installed in a user’s home directory by typing the following before running the above:

$ curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -o get-pip.py
$ python3 get-pip.py --user
$ pip install --user virtualenv

3.1.2. Using Singularity

An alternative is to use Singularity, if available, and create an alias for the command prominence. Firstly pull the Docker image:

$ singularity pull docker://eoscprominence/prominence-cli

This will create a file prominence-cli.simg. An alias can be created by putting the following in your ~/.bashrc file:

alias prominence="singularity run <path>/prominence-cli.simg.sif"

where the full path to the container image should be specified.

3.1.3. Using udocker

Similarly to Singularity, another alternative is to use udocker. Because udocker can be installed as an unprivileged user, this method can be used to allow the PROMINENCE CLI to be used on a UI or login node which does not have Singularity installed.

Firstly install udocker if necessary:

$ curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/indigo-dc/udocker/master/udocker.py > udocker
$ chmod u+rx ./udocker
$ ./udocker install

and move the file udocker to somewhere in your PATH. See here for more information.

Once udocker is installed, pull the image and create a container:

$ udocker pull eoscprominence/prominence-cli
$ udocker create --name=prominence eoscprominence/prominence-cli:latest

An alias for the prominence command can be created by putting the following in your ~/.bashrc file:

alias prominence="udocker run --bindhome --hostenv prominence"

3.1.4. Checking what version is installed

The version of the PROMINENCE CLI installed can be checked by running:

$ prominence --version

3.2. Setup

Create a configuration directory for PROMINENCE:

$ mkdir ~/.prominence

3.3. Help

The main help page gives a list of all the available commands:

$ prominence --help
usage: prominence [-h] [--version]
                  {run,create,list,describe,delete,stdout,stderr} ...

Prominence - run jobs in containers across clouds

positional arguments:
                        sub-command help
    create              Create a job
    run                 Create a job or workflow from JSON in a file or URL
    list                List jobs or workflows
    describe            Describe a job or workflow
    delete              Delete a job or workflow
    stdout              Get standard output from a running or completed job
    stderr              Get standard error from a running or completed job

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --version             show the version number and exit

3.4. Prerequisites

In order to use the EGI PROMINENCE service you must be a member of one of the following VOs and have the vm_operator role:

  • vo.access.egi.eu
  • fusion

Support for additional VOs can be added upon request.

3.5. Registration

PROMINENCE will automatically deploy and delete infrastructure provision on EGI FedCloud sites. In order to give permission for PROMINENCE to do this, visit https://prominence.fedcloud-tf.fedcloud.eu/ and click Authorise. Doing this provides a long-lived refresh token to PROMINENCE which it can use to obtain access tokens which it uses to interact with clouds.

Note that you can at any time go to https://aai.egi.eu/oidc/manage/user/services and revoke access. Please be aware that if you do this PROMINENCE will no longer be able to delete infrastructure associated with your jobs, so if there are any running VMs they will continue running indefinitely and will need to be found and deleted manually.

3.6. Getting an access token

In order to interact with the PROMINENCE service via the CLI an access token is required. Go to the EGI FedCloud Check-in client and click on Authorise to log in with your Check-in credentials to obtain:

  • a client id
  • a client secret
  • a refresh token

The refresh token allows you to generate access tokens without having to login every time.

The FedCloud Check-in client also provides the exact command to run to generate an access token. The PROMINENCE CLI requires the output of this command to be stored in the file ~/.prominence/token. The command to run will be of the form:

$ curl -X POST -u '<client id>':'<client secret>' -d 'client_id=<client id>&client_secret=<client secrer>&grant_type=refresh_token&refresh_token=<refresh token>&scope=openid%20email%20profile' 'https://aai.egi.eu/oidc/token' > ~/.prominence/token


Since PROMINENCE uses a REST API every request needs to be authenticated and hence requires an access token. The access token is not stored in any way by the server.

3.7. Your first job

Run the following command in order to submit a simple test job by typing prominence create eoscprominence/testpi, i.e.

$ prominence create eoscprominence/testpi
Job created with id 7375

Here eoscprominence/testpi is the name of the container image on Docker Hub. This command will submit a job which runs a container from the eoscprominence/testpi image using the default entrypoint specified in the image. In this case it is a simple Python script which calculates pi in three different ways.

To check the status of the job, run prominence list to list all currently active jobs:

$ prominence list
ID     NAME   CREATED               STATUS    ELAPSED      IMAGE                   CMD
7375          2019-10-14 12:33:11   pending                eoscprominence/testpi

Eventually the status will change to runnning, completed and then disappear. The list command can be given the argument --completed to show completed jobs. For example, to see the most recently completed job:

$ prominence list --completed
ID     NAME   CREATED               STATUS      ELAPSED      IMAGE                   CMD
7375          2019-10-14 12:33:11   completed   0+00:00:15   eoscprominence/testpi

Once the test job has finished running, prominence stdout can be used to view the standard output, e.g.

$ prominence stdout 7375
                         Plouff                  Bellard                         Chudnovsky
Iteration number  1   3.133333333333333333333333   3.141765873015873015873017   3.141592653589734207668453
Iteration number  2   3.141422466422466422466422   3.141592571868390306374053   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  3   3.141587390346581523052111   3.141592653642050769944284   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  4   3.141592457567435381837004   3.141592653589755368080514   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  5   3.141592645460336319557021   3.141592653589793267843377   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  6   3.141592653228087534734378   3.141592653589793238438852   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  7   3.141592653572880827785241   3.141592653589793238462664   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  8   3.141592653588972704940778   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  9   3.141592653589752275236178   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  10   3.141592653589791146388777   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  11   3.141592653589793129614171   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  12   3.141592653589793232711293   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  13   3.141592653589793238154767   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  14   3.141592653589793238445978   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  15   3.141592653589793238461733   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  16   3.141592653589793238462594   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  17   3.141592653589793238462641   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  18   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642
Iteration number  19   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462644   3.141592653589793238462642

The next sections of the documentation describe in more detail how to run more complex jobs and workflows.

3.8. Jobs and workflows

By default all PROMINENCE CLI commands refer to jobs. However, a number of commands include the ability to specify a resource, which is either a job or a workflow.

Listing workflows:

prominence list workflows

Describing a workflow:

prominence describe workflow <id>

Deleting a workflow:

prominence delete workflow <id>

The standard output and error from a job which is part of a workflow can be viewed by specifying both the workflow id and the name of the job, i.e.

prominence stdout <id> <job name>

To list all the individual jobs from workflow <id>:

prominence list jobs <id>