Strange behavior has been noted when HTCondor tries to run a vm universe VMware job using a path to a VMX that contains a symbolic link. An example of an error message that may appear in such a job's user log:
Error from starter on email@example.com: register(/scratch/gquinn/condor/git/CONDOR_SRC/src/condor_tests/31426 /31426vmuniverse/execute/dir_31534/vmN3hylp_condor.vmx) = 1/Error: Command failed: A file was not found/(ERROR) Can't create snapshot for vm(/scratch/gquinn/condor/git/CONDOR_SRC /src/condor_tests/31426/31426vmuniverse/execute/dir_31534/vmN3hylp_condor.vmx)
This problem may exist when using file transfer,
which is when the submit description file contains
vmware_should_transfer_files = true.
Work around the problem by modifying configuration variable
on all execute machines,
such that they do not contain symbolic link path components.
If using a shared file system, ensure that the submit description file command
vmware_dir does not use symbolic link path name components.