What is the opaque field in a work unit used for?

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Seth

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Message 82330 - Posted: 29 Oct 2017, 11:54:12 UTC

Hi Team,

What is the opaque field in a work unit used for? I can only find reference to it in db_purge and make_project but there is very little info.

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Message 82342 - Posted: 29 Oct 2017, 16:57:34 UTC - in response to Message 82330.  

You decide what it's used for.

It could for example hold a reference to a piece of data in some external system, like database id. This way you can keep only those things in BOINC database that BOINC needs for daily operations and store science results in some other database. You'd then use the database id, or opaque field, in assimilator to put the results in correct place.
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