The Great and Terrible implementation of MPI-2

function index


Retrieves the value associated with a key
int MPI_Info_get(
  MPI_Info info,
  char *key,
  int valuelen,
  char *value,
  int *flag

int MPI_Info_get(
  MPI_Info info,
  wchar_t *key,
  int valuelen,
  wchar_t *value,
  int *flag


[in] info object (handle)
[in] key (string)
[in] length of value argument (integer)
[out] value (string)
[out] true if key defined, false if not (boolean)


This function retrieves the value associated with key in a previous call to MPI_INFO_SET. If such a key exists, it sets flag to true and returns the value in value, otherwise it sets flag to false and leaves value unchanged. valuelen is the number of characters available in value. If it is less than the actual size of the value, the value is truncated. In C, valuelen should be one less than the amount of allocated space to allow for the null terminator.

If key is larger than MPI_MAX_INFO_KEY, the call is erroneous.

Thread and Interrupt Safety

This routine is thread and interrupt safe only if no MPI routine that updates or frees the same MPI_Info object may be called concurrently with this routine.

The MPI standard defined a thread-safe interface but this does not mean that all routines may be called without any thread locks. For example, two threads must not attempt to change the contents of the same MPI_Info object concurrently. The user is responsible in this case for using some mechanism, such as thread locks, to ensure that only one thread at a time makes use of this routine.

Notes for Fortran

All MPI routines in Fortran (except for MPI_WTIME and MPI_WTICK) have an additional argument ierr at the end of the argument list. ierr is an integer and has the same meaning as the return value of the routine in C. In Fortran, MPI routines are subroutines, and are invoked with the call statement.

All MPI objects (e.g., MPI_Datatype, MPI_Comm) are of type INTEGER in Fortran.


All MPI routines (except MPI_Wtime and MPI_Wtick) return an error value; C routines as the value of the function and Fortran routines in the last argument. Before the value is returned, the current MPI error handler is called. By default, this error handler aborts the MPI job. The error handler may be changed with MPI_Comm_set_errhandler (for communicators), MPI_File_set_errhandler (for files), and MPI_Win_set_errhandler (for RMA windows). The MPI-1 routine MPI_Errhandler_set may be used but its use is deprecated. The predefined error handler MPI_ERRORS_RETURN may be used to cause error values to be returned. Note that MPI does not guarentee that an MPI program can continue past an error; however, MPI implementations will attempt to continue whenever possible.

No error; MPI routine completed successfully.
Other error; use MPI_Error_string to get more information about this error code.

Invalid or null key string for info.
Invalid argument. Some argument is invalid and is not identified by a specific error class (e.g., MPI_ERR_RANK).
Invalid or null value string for info

Example Code

The following sample code illustrates MPI_Info_get.

#include "mpi.h"
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
int main( int argc, char *argv[] )
int errs = 0;
    MPI_Info info1, infodup;
int nkeys, nkeysdup, i, vallen, flag, flagdup;
char key[MPI_MAX_INFO_KEY], keydup[MPI_MAX_INFO_KEY];
char value[MPI_MAX_INFO_VAL+1], valdup[MPI_MAX_INFO_VAL+1];
    MPI_Init( &argc, &argv );
    MPI_Info_create( &info1 );
    MPI_Info_set( info1, "host", "" );
    MPI_Info_set( info1, "file", "runfile.txt" );
    MPI_Info_set( info1, "soft", "2:1000:4,3:1000:7" );
    MPI_Info_dup( info1, &infodup );
    MPI_Info_get_nkeys( infodup, &nkeysdup );
    MPI_Info_get_nkeys( info1, &nkeys );
    if (nkeys != nkeysdup) {
        printf( "Dup'ed info has a different number of keys; is %d should be %d\n", nkeysdup, nkeys );fflush(stdout);
    vallen = MPI_MAX_INFO_VAL;
for (i=0; i<nkeys; i++) {
        /* MPI requires that the keys are in the same order after the dup */
        MPI_Info_get_nthkey( info1, i, key );
        MPI_Info_get_nthkey( infodup, i, keydup );
        if (strcmp(key, keydup)) {
            printf( "keys do not match: %s should be %s\n", keydup, key );fflush(stdout);
        vallen = MPI_MAX_INFO_VAL;
        MPI_Info_get( info1, key, vallen, value, &flag );
        MPI_Info_get( infodup, keydup, vallen, valdup, &flagdup );
        if (!flag || !flagdup) {
            printf( "Info get failed for key %s\n", key );fflush(stdout);
else if (strcmp( value, valdup )) {
            printf( "Info values for key %s not the same after dup\n", key );fflush(stdout);
    /* Change info and check that infodup does NOT have the new value (ensure that lazy dups are still duped) */
    MPI_Info_set( info1, "path", "/a:/b:/c/d" );
    MPI_Info_get( infodup, "path", vallen, value, &flag );
if (flag) {
        printf( "inserting path into info changed infodup\n" );fflush(stdout);

    MPI_Info_free( &info1 );
    MPI_Info_free( &infodup );

return errs;