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Message 82913 - Posted: 12 Nov 2017, 11:49:41 UTC

Hi, is it possibile to disable the screensaver graphics for just one project?
The Mindmodeling@home screensaver flickers terribly (and I don't like it too much to begin with), so I'd like to disable it while keeping the others I have (World Community Grid, Einstein@home... ) enabled.

Latest BOINC version on Windows 10

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Message 82914 - Posted: 12 Nov 2017, 11:58:04 UTC - in response to Message 82913.  
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Think you can set the BOINC screensaver to display the project statistics, but excluding one project from not showing the candy... doubt it very much, at least see nothing the the SS setting controls... lest, delete the graphics executible from the subject project folder, though I fear the project will redownload if the exe is missing. Maybe a dummy placeholder?
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Message 82919 - Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 0:05:07 UTC - in response to Message 82914.  

Well, if you put a dummy file there, is BOINC going to handle that gracefully?

I suppose you could put something else there with the project graphics executable. I just wonder if the project is going to be okay with that or is going to try and replace it. Not sure how BOINC handles a file version that isn't recognized...
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Message 82922 - Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 7:27:10 UTC - in response to Message 82919.  

Quite a few years ago the graphics part was broken out from the science app, so when graphics fails, it would not cause the science app/task to crash. Thus, what's graceful... being served a blank screen or the project stats instead?
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Message 82927 - Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 18:44:40 UTC - in response to Message 82914.  

delete the graphics executible from the subject project folder, though I fear the project will redownload if the exe is missing. Maybe a dummy placeholder?


Won't work, BOINC will re-downloaded the graphics app in both cases.

For the OP, the only way to do it is to use Anonymous platform mechanism (app_info.xml) which basically replaces the science app the project sends you but that comes with the burden of keeping it up-to-date.
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Message 82956 - Posted: 14 Nov 2017, 17:22:11 UTC - in response to Message 82927.  

Actually, there is another way besides app_info.xml.

Simply remove or deny execute file system permission from the graphics app. Read permission is still required so that the client can check the file.
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