Identify what's causing segmentation fault in Yambo

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There may be different reasons why the Yambo code generates segmentation faults in a run.
To help Yambo developers understand where the problem lies and help you, please follow the steps below. If one of the step solves your problem and please report the result in the forum.


Rule out possible causes of the segmentation fault:

  1. GPU: recompile without GPU support, remove the --enable-cuda flag. If this solve the problem report the bug in forum GPU section Yambo on GPU machines.
  2. OPEN-MP: compile and run Yambo without open-mp support, no --enable-open-mp flag in the configure and OMP_NUM_THREADS="1".
  3. Lapack/Blas: use internal Lapack/Blas. Reconfigure Yambo with the flag --enable-int-linalg, recompile and run our job again.
  4. FFT: compile Yambo with internal FFT libraries --enable-internal-fftsg .
  5. Scalapack: compile without Scalpack, unset the flag --with-scalapack-libs.
  6. Parallelism
    1. Change the number of processors
    2. Use automatic parallelization, unset all parallel variable in input
    3. Try to disable MPI parallelism by doing yambo -nompi and/or OPEN-MP parallelism by doing yambo -noopenmp
    4. Compile yambo without MPI and run in serial
  7. Optimization: use a lower optimization level for example -O1 or -O0, by doing ./configure FCFLAGS="-O0" FFLAGS="-O1"
  8. Compilers: change C/Fortran compiler if it is possible, move form intel fortran to gfortran or vice-versa.
    In order to set compilers in the configure use ./configure FC=ifort F77=ifort CC=icc for Intel and ./configure FC=gfortran F77=gfortran CC=gcc for gfortran.


If no one of the previous steps solved your problem, contact us again in the forum.
If you want you can try to debug Yambo and identity the origin of segmentation fault following the steps below. This will help developers to find a solution to the problem more quickly:

Debugging the segmentation fault:

  1. Checking options: compile Yambo with the compiler checking options and run again your simulation, then report the result in the forum:
    1. for g-fortran compiler ./configure FCFLAGS="-O1 -g -fcheck=all" UFLAGS="-O0 -g -fcheck=all" FFLAGS="-O1 -g -fcheck=all" --enable-keep-src"
    2. for intel fortran ./configure FCFLAGS="-O1 -g -CB -CA -debug" UFLAGS="-O0 -g -CB -CA -debug" FFLAGS="-O1 -g -CB -CA -debug" --enable-keep-src"
  2. Use a debugger: Compile with debugging options
    for g-fortran compiler ./configure FCFLAGS="-Og -g" UFLAGS="-Og -g" FFLAGS="-Og -g" --enable-keep-src" CFLAGS="-g"
    for intel fortran ./configure FCFLAGS="-O1 -g -debug" UFLAGS="-O0 -g -debug" FFLAGS="-O1 -g -debug" --enable-keep-src" CFLAGS="-g -debug"
    then execute the job in a debugger for example gdb --args yambo -F yambo_input.in. It can work also in parallel see here and here
  3. Memory leaks: [only for experts] compile Yambo with debugging options then run your job with valgrind: valgrind --tool=memcheck --leak-check=summary ./yambo