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cc_config.xml and global_prefs_override.xml ARE configuration files in the Unix sense

Unix client package layout

The purpose of this page is to describe the layout of files for installation of the BOINC client software on Unix machines. It is desirable, as much as is possible, to keep things the same so that volunteers who are not Unix experts can still understand what is what and what is where an ask questions, without having to get into specifics of which distro they are using.

Items we need to specify:

Working directory

This is /var/lib/boinc on Fedora, but /var/lib/boinc-client on Debian. Can we agree on only one of these?

Configuration files for the core client

These are cc_config.xml, remote_hosts.cfg, etc.) Debian, for example, puts these in /etc/boinc-client/ and has appropriate symlinks in the working directory


It is policy in Debian that all configuraton files must reside in /etc -FST

That makes sense only for files which the sysadmin would edit to change configuration (like /etc/default/boinc-client) but not >these .xml files, which are basically only saved state. They are not really "configuration" files in the Unix sense. -EAM

I think this is wrong, they are configuration files. System administrators are supposed to edit them, they are not state files. Just have a look at ClientMessages? and PrefsOverride, these pages will confirm this. -FST

Executable files

The proper names of these are being debated (April 2008). If there are changes, old names can be supported for a while with soft-links.

  • /usr/bin/boinc_client
  • /usr/bin/boincmgr
  • /usr/bin/boinc_cmd

init script to start/stop daemon

  • /etc/init.d/boinc or /etc/init.d/boinc-client ?

Again, let's try to pick one name for all distros

config file read by the init script

  • /etc/default/boinc-client on Debian
  • /etc/sysconfig/boinc-client on Fedora

Fedora has a link to /etc/sysconfig as /etc/default, so in some sense these are the same place.

Currently the Fedora package and the RPM's from Pirates@Home use /etc/sysconfig/boinc. So future installers should look for that and rename it appropriately in the %pre install scriptlet.

Unix 'man' pages

Under /usr/share/man/man1 the files:

  • boinc.1
  • boinc_client.1
  • boincmgr.1
  • boinc_cmd.1

Change the names as needed to match any changes in command names.

log rotation

This file instructs logrotate how to rotate the logs in the working directory

We have no choice over where this goes, it has to be where logrotate expects to find it. I believe this is /etc/logrotate.d

bash command completion script