Common Archival Retrieval

BC Project: FY06-09
Date of Policy: 20 Apr 2006
Last Updated: 30 Sep 2021 (see Revision Log)

The archive command from the Practical Supercomputing Toolkit (PST) will be implemented on user accessible systems at all participating HPCMP centers. This special-purpose command is wholly concerned with accessing, manipulating and moving files between the site's archival system and the site's client systems. No remote access (external to the site) will be supported. Interactive and batch jobs will also be able to use the archive command. The PST is available for download from

The archive command is well formulated, documented and extensible. The implementation of the archive command is designed to be site-specific and will require sites to consider archival locality, transport and security implications. The archive command should be placed in the local utility directory of each site to ensure separation from existing archive commands. It should also be documented with other local utility documentation and in their archive user guide. These guides can be found at the following links:

The following subcommands should be implemented for compliance: put, get, ls, stat, and mkdir.

Revision Log
Date Revision
30 Sep 2021BC Team Audit
12 Apr 2018BC Team Audit - Adjusted layout and updated website for the PSToolkit
12 May 2016BC Team Audit
14 May 2014BC Team Audit
23 Mar 2012BC Team Audit
14 Feb 2008Subcommands rm, rmdir and chmod deleted