The make_project script

The make_project script creates the server components of a BOINC project. To use it, set up a BOINC server. Then, for example, type:

./make_project --db_passwd xxx --test_app cplan

where 'xxx' is the MySQL password of boincadm. This creates a project with master URL http://HOSTNAME/cplan/ whose directory structure is rooted at $HOME/projects/cplan.

More specifically, make_project does the following:

  • Create the project directory and its subdirectories.
  • Create the project's encryption keys if necessary. NOTE: before making the project visible to the public, you must move the code-signing private key to a highly secure (preferably non-networked) host, and delete it from the server host.
  • Create and initialize the MySQL database.
  • Copy source and executable files.
  • Generate the project's configuration file.

With the --test_app option, the project will have a test application (uppercase) and daemons to generate and handle work for this application. This lets you quickly check that the project is working; you can remove the test application later by marking it deprecated in your administrative web interface.

The following steps complete the project setup:

  • Insert cplan.httpd.conf into /etc/apache/httpd.conf (path varies), or Include it from that file, or symlink it into /etc/apache2/sites-enabled (on Debian) via

sudo ln -s /home/boincadm/projects/cplan/cplan.httpd.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled .

  • Generate a username/password file for your administrative web interface using:
    htpasswd -cb ~/projects/cplan/html/ops/.htpasswd username password
  • Run crontab -e, and add an entry to run the project's cron script:
     0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * /home/boincadm/cplan/bin/start --cron
  • or type this command to include the line above to your crontab automaticaly:
     $ crontab ~/projects/cplan/cplan.cronjob

(if cron cannot run 'start', try using a helper script to set the PATH and PYTHONPATH environment variables)

The script prints instructions for these steps.

The command-line syntax is as follows:

make_project [options] project_name [ 'Project Long Name ' ]

Options are as follows (normally you don't need to include any of them):

Directory options

--srcdir The BOINC source directory. Default: . or ..
--project_root Project root directory path. Default: $HOME/projects/PROJECT_NAME
--key_dir Where keys are stored. Default: PROJECT_ROOT/keys
--no_query Accept all directories without yes/no query
--delete_prev_inst Delete project-root first (from prev installation)

URL options

--url_base Used to build the URL defaults, see below. Default: http://HOSTNAME/
--html_user_url Master URL (where clients attach, and the main website is). Default: URL_BASE/PROJECT_NAME/
--html_ops_url Admin URL. Default: URL_BASE/PROJECT_NAME_ops/
--cgi_url CGI URL. Default: URL_BASE/PROJECT_cgi/

Database options

--db_host Database host. Default: localhost
--db_name Database name. Default: PROJECT_NAME
--db_user Database user. Default: USER_NAME
--db_passwd Database password. Default: None
--drop_db_first Drop database first (from prev installation)

Miscellaneous options

--test_app install test application
--web_only Install only web features (for Bossa, Bolt)
--user_name Install project as this user (used as DB_USER). Default: current user
-h or --help Show options

Check project

After making a project. a check_project script is available to help check certain aspects of the system. Specifically it checks for three things.

  1. Checks the permissions for the apache web server user on certain project directories, to make sure they are writable.
  2. Checks to see if specific PHP modules are installed.
  3. Checks to see if certain command line program/tools are installed and executable.

Running this script after making a project may help in identifying some of the common problems that may occur.


-p or --project_dir project installation directory
-a or --apache_user (optional) the apache user name, script will attempt to auto-detect this if this option is left blank.
-h or --help Show options

Deleting a project

To delete a project, in this example named 'cplan', delete its directory and its database:

cd ~/projects
/bin/rm -rf cplan

> drop database cplan;
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