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Note that Pachyderm uses the term job at two different levels. A global level (check GlobalID for more details) and jobs that are an execution of a particular pipeline. The following page details the latter.


A Pachyderm job is an execution of a pipeline that triggers when new data is detected in an input repository.


When a commit is made to the input repo of a pipeline, jobs are created for all of the downstream pipelines of a DAG. Those jobs are not actually running yet; each one is in a waiting state until the prior pipeline(s) that it depends on in your DAG produce their output, which then become the input for the waiting pipeline.

Each job runs your code against the current commit in a <repo>@<branch> and then submits the results to the output repository of the pipeline as a single output commit. A pipeline triggers a new job every time you submit new changes, a commit, into your input source.

Each job has an alphanumeric identifier (ID) that you can reference in the <pipeline>@<jobID> format.

You can obtain information about all jobs with a given ID by running list job <jobID> or restrict to a particular pipeline list job -p <pipeline>, or inspect job <pipeline>@<jobID> --raw.

Job Statuses

Each job has the following stages:

Stage Description
CREATED An input commit exists, but the job has not been started by a worker yet.
STARTING The worker has allocated resources for the job (that is, the job counts towards parallelism), but it is still waiting on the inputs to be ready.
RUNNING The worker is processing datums.
EGRESS The worker has completed all the datums and is uploading the output to the egress endpoint.
FINISHING After all of the datum processing and egress (if any) is done, the job transitions to a finishing state where all of the post-processing tasks such as compaction are performed.
FAILURE The worker encountered too many errors when processing a datum.
KILLED The job timed out, or a user called StopJob
SUCCESS None of the bad stuff happened.

Below, the state transition diagram of a job:

Job State Diagram

List Jobs

  • The pachctl list job command returns list of all global jobs. This command is detailed in this section of Global ID.

  • The pachctl list job <jobID> commands returns the list of all jobs sharing the same <jobID>. This command is detailed in this section of Global ID.

  • Note that you can also track your jobs downstream as they complete by running pachctl wait job <jobID>.

  • The pachctl list job -p <pipeline> command returns the jobs in a given pipeline.


    $ pachctl list job -p edges

    System Response:

    ID                               PIPELINE STARTED      DURATION           RESTART PROGRESS  DL       UL       STATE
    fd9454d06d8e4fa38a75c8cd20b39538 edges    20 hours ago 5 seconds          0       2 + 1 / 3 181.1KiB 111.4KiB success
    5a78358d4b53494cbba4550428f2fe98 edges    20 hours ago 2 seconds          0       1 + 0 / 1 57.27KiB 22.22KiB success
    7dcd77a2f7f34ff384a6096d1139e922 edges    20 hours ago Less than a second 0       0 + 0 / 0 0B       0B       success

    For each job, Pachyderm shows the time the pipeline started with its duration, data downloaded and uploaded, STATE of the pipeline execution, the number of datums in the PROGRESS section, and other information. The format of the progress column is DATUMS PROCESSED + DATUMS SKIPPED / TOTAL DATUMS.

    For more information, see Datum Processing States.

Inspect Job

The pachctl inspect job <pipeline>@<jobID> command enables you to view detailed information about a specific job in a given pipeline (state, number of datums processed/failed/skipped, data downloaded, uploaded, process time, image used etc...).


Add a --raw flag to output a detailed JSON version of the job.

$ pachctl inspect job edges@fd9454d06d8e4fa38a75c8cd20b39538 --raw

System Response:

    "job": {
        "pipeline": {
        "name": "edges"
        "id": "fd9454d06d8e4fa38a75c8cd20b39538"
    "pipeline_version": "1",
    "output_commit": {
        "branch": {
        "repo": {
            "name": "edges",
            "type": "user"
        "name": "master"
        "id": "fd9454d06d8e4fa38a75c8cd20b39538"
    "data_processed": "2",
    "data_skipped": "1",
    "data_total": "3",
    "stats": {
        "download_time": "0.113263653s",
        "process_time": "1.020472976s",
        "upload_time": "0.010323995s",
        "download_bytes": "185424",
        "upload_bytes": "114041"
    "state": "JOB_SUCCESS",
    "created": "2021-08-02T20:13:10.461841493Z",
    "started": "2021-08-02T20:13:32.870023561Z",
    "finished": "2021-08-02T20:13:38.691891860Z",
    "details": {
        "transform": {
        "image": "pachyderm/opencv",
        "cmd": [
        "input": {
        "pfs": {
            "name": "images",
            "repo": "images",
            "repo_type": "user",
            "branch": "master",
            "commit": "fd9454d06d8e4fa38a75c8cd20b39538",
            "glob": "/*"
        "salt": "27bbe39ccae54cc2976e3f960a2e1f94",
        "datum_tries": "3"

Last update: May 20, 2022
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