Talk:Installing BOINC on Gentoo

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I copied the instructions for installing on Ubuntu to this page. As best I could, I altered paths and filenames to suit Gentoo but there are still several names/paths/stuff, denoted with ??? that need to be fixed. I run Fedora, not Gentoo. Hopefully someone who knows Gentoo can clean up the ??? items. Follow the format of the installing on Fedora or installing on Ubuntu pages if you're not sure what the ??? placeholders refer too. Dagorath (talk) 01:42, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

I've cleaned things up a bit. For some reason, the BOINC daemon doesn't work very well with Gentoo; I always just delete it and write my own script to start BOINC at boot. Other than that, Gentoo runs BOINC quite well. The benchmarks tend to be higher than on other distributions, on account of Gentoo's compiling it with machine specific optimizations. All my boxes are running headless, so I don't know much about how things work in X. Hopefully somebody else can fill in that part of the page. --Pat Hawks (talk) 04:12, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

Hi, Pat. Your excellent work on this page has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Sorry for taking so long to get back to you and say thanks and hope you can add more material in the future. I'm a Fedora user and don't have a long history with Linux but I'm learning. You'll probably run into Eric Myers and Nicolas here too, if you haven't already. You seem to know more about Gentoo than any of the wiki contributors I've run into so I hope you'll take the initiative wherever you see fit. Eric and I are planning some revs (mostly just restructuring) for the Fedora and Ubuntu pages very soon. Hope you'll watch those too and give us your opinion. Dagorath (talk) 22:57, 5 February 2009 (UTC)


With regards to setting permissions for gentoo to automatically connect from boinc_gui at localhost via the password in /var/lib/boinc/gui_rpc_auth.cfg:

It seems that the default permissions in gentoo for /var/lib/boinc/gui_rpc_auth.cfg are -rw------- . This creates a problem when we add the user to the boinc group, because this configuration file isn't accessible to users of the boince group. That was as of sci-misc/boinc-6.4.5-r1, on gentoo 2008.0-amd64. You need to MANUALLY `chmod g+r /var/lib/boinc/gui_rpc_auth.cfg`. (I took the liberty of changing that last instruction from "add write permissions" to "add read permissions", since we don't really need everyone in the boinc group editing the expected password; we only need them to READ it.
Furthermore, perhaps it would be more mindful to use the `groupmod -a -G boinc <username>` command, just for safety.
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