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Message 100871 - Posted: 28 Sep 2020, 1:14:55 UTC

I am running openSUSE leap 15.2 with boinc manager 7.16.6. Closing boinc manager now kills client and stops computations. This is a real pain to keep boinc manager minimized and not close it by accident. I try to run boinc for extended periods unattended. Now I have to check it and keep starting boinc client when I accidentally close boinc manager..

In openSUSE 15.1 which I ran until a week or so ago, I could close boinc manager and boinc client would keep running. I accrued 1.2 million status points running boinc calcs on 9 processors. This was painless. I believe the boinc manager for openSUSE 15.1 was 7.16.3 but I am not completely sure.

First, is this the expected behavior for version 7.16.6? If not, are there any settings I can adjust.

If this behavior is now standard, I would like to reinstall 7.16.3. Where can I get a copy? openSUSE wont reinstall the 15.1 boinc version.

alternatively, I could compile the code given patch code and instructions as to what changes to make to stop killing boinc client.

thanks, tom kosvic
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Message 100873 - Posted: 28 Sep 2020, 5:39:03 UTC - in response to Message 100871.  
Last modified: 28 Sep 2020, 5:53:02 UTC

Have you tried going to options>other options and enabling manager exit dialogue? If "Stop running tasks when exiting the BOINC Manager is enabled, un-enable it then decide whether you want that decision to be remembered or not. Not sure if these options are available to you. If not the lack of choice is down to those managing the repositories rather than the BOINC version which means compiling your own from source is one way around the problem. (The one I chose.) Installing
This one should have things working normally. On Ubuntu and other Debian based distros, Gianfranco has a repository with the same one you have complied with the old behaviour, don't know about RPM distros.

Edit: Installing from the Ubuntu repository, I had the opposite problem that I couldn't stop the client on exiting the manager.
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Message 100889 - Posted: 29 Sep 2020, 14:57:09 UTC
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I know for Windows, there's a setting to automatically stop Boinc, when you close the manager.
If you also select to 'not show this window again', you won't be notified of it anymore.
You could manually start the service by typing one of the two commands in terminal:

sudo service boinc-client start
sudo /etc/init.d/boinc-client start

I don't know where they enable or disable the auto stop, at closing the client, but I would assume it would be in one of the .xml files in the '/var/lib/boinc/' directory.
Probably the global_prefs.xml, or global_prefs_override.xml...
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Message 100890 - Posted: 29 Sep 2020, 15:11:13 UTC - in response to Message 100889.  
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There is a registry key in Windows

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Space Sciences Laboratory, U.C. Berkeley\BOINC Manager]
The equivalent in Linux is a hidden file in the current user's home folder called '.BOINC Manager', containing the line

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