WinError 1314 when trying to do a grid search

I’m having trouble when trying to do a search with guild on a Windows 10 machine.

I took the example code fromt the tutorial

import numpy as np

# Hyperparameters
x = 0.1
noise = 0.1

# Simulated training loss
loss = (np.sin(5 * x) * (1 - np.tanh(x ** 2)) + np.random.randn() * noise)

print("loss: %f" % loss)

I’m running it from console with

guild run x="[1,0,-1]"

When executing i get an error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "c:\users\x\appdata\local\programs\python\python38\lib\", line 194, in _run_module_as_main
    return _run_code(code, main_globals, None,
  File "c:\users\x\appdata\local\programs\python\python38\lib\", line 87, in _run_code
    exec(code, run_globals)
  File "C:\Users\x\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python38\site-packages\guild\", line 41, in <module>
  File "C:\Users\x\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python38\site-packages\guild\", line 27, in main
    batch_util.handle_trials(batch_run, trials)
  File "C:\Users\x\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python38\site-packages\guild\", line 73, in handle_trials
    _run_trials(batch_run, trials)
  File "C:\Users\x\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python38\site-packages\guild\", line 135, in _run_trials
    trial_runs = _init_trial_runs(batch_run, trials)
  File "C:\Users\x\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python38\site-packages\guild\", line 144, in _init_trial_runs
    return [init_trial_run(batch_run, trial) for trial in trials]
  File "C:\Users\x\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python38\site-packages\guild\", line 144, in <listcomp>
    return [init_trial_run(batch_run, trial) for trial in trials]
  File "C:\Users\x\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python38\site-packages\guild\", line 149, in init_trial_run
    _link_to_trial(batch_run, run)
  File "C:\Users\x\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python38\site-packages\guild\", line 168, in _link_to_trial
    os.symlink(rel_trial_path, trial_link)
OSError: [WinError 1314] A required privilege is not held by the client.

 '..\\749cba372c474a1598aac11e2d4fb902' -> 'C:\\Users\\x\\Anaconda3\\.guild\\runs\\045f73f210fb463f814f3334fd30825d\\749cba372c474a1598aac11e2d4fb902'

I don’t have administrator permissions on the machine and I’m probably not going to get them.

Installing it via pip with --User flag doesnt fix it, either.

Can I fix this somehow without having to run as admin?

Hello! Unfortunately Guild requires symbolic link permissions. If you can’t run as Admin you’ll need to get those permissions. That’s a pain I realize — I wish this was easier. I would reach out to your system admin to get those setup.