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Message 95748 - Posted: 8 Feb 2020, 2:27:22 UTC

I want to install the manager on a laptop that, for contractual reasons, I can't install the client, my intent is to use the manager on this system solely to manage remote clients. The OS is an Ubuntu derivative but their manager package appears to be dependent on the client. Is there a way to install only the manager for remote control of clients, without a local client? I'll compile form source if that what it takes. Pointers, links, suggestions (as long as they;re not to abusive) welcome.
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Message 95749 - Posted: 8 Feb 2020, 4:17:07 UTC - in response to Message 95748.  

I am guessing you already tried

sudo apt-get install boinc-manager

If you want the latest boinc version be sure to do the below first

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costamagnagianfranco/boinc

However, there might be a problem accidently getting the boinc client when doing an update.

I assume the systems you want to control are on the local subnet. You might want to put in a remote desktop program such as\ VNC and use that.
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Message 95750 - Posted: 8 Feb 2020, 6:08:34 UTC

The best option especially for monitoring multiple hosts/clients is BOINCTasks under WINE.

https://forum.efmer.com/index.php?topic=745.0
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Message 95792 - Posted: 10 Feb 2020, 21:24:10 UTC
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I think the boinc manager just shows you whatever the local client has processed.
You can use Boinc Bam stats, for looking at statistics via a browser (which is what the Boinc Manager might still be able to show remotely).
As far as I know, there's no direct way to use the manager, to steer remote clients, but I may be wrong about this.
At best, you'll be able to use Boinc BAM stats to see daily updates on your clients (under 'hosts').

For steering other clients (ran on other hardware), you'll need something like VNC viewer and VNC server installed, which allows you to manipulate remote client desktops.
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Message 95797 - Posted: 11 Feb 2020, 5:10:44 UTC - in response to Message 95792.  

You can control remote clients with the standard manager.

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Controlling_BOINC_remotely

You can only control one at a time. BOINCTasks is designed to show/manage multiple clients together, which is why it's a better option if you need to manage multiple clients. You do have to install WINE if you want to run it on a Linux machine as there's not a native Linux app. You can use it on a Windows machine to control Linux clients, no problem.

I'd forgotten about it but there is also boinctui for Debian distros.
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Message 95828 - Posted: 14 Feb 2020, 5:56:07 UTC - in response to Message 95797.  

You can control remote clients with the standard manager.

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Controlling_BOINC_remotely

You can only control one at a time. BOINCTasks is designed to show/manage multiple clients together, which is why it's a better option if you need to manage multiple clients. You do have to install WINE if you want to run it on a Linux machine as there's not a native Linux app. You can use it on a Windows machine to control Linux clients, no problem.

I'd forgotten about it but there is also boinctui for Debian distros.

BoincView would help my cause!
I have about 25 to 40 android clients pending a unified client (one viewer steering all clients).
If this works, I could finally start my Android server!
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Message 95849 - Posted: 14 Feb 2020, 20:58:05 UTC - in response to Message 95828.  

The only Android client I'm aware of that allowed remote management was NativeBOINC. Unfortunately development stopped several years ago. I have several ARM boards myself that are idle partly because of this problem.
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