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Message 108465 - Posted: 15 Jun 2022, 16:45:19 UTC

I'm trying to help debug some Manager issues in the Linux version of BOINC Manager ready for the forthcoming BOINC v7.20.x release.

Question - when you switch the Manager to simple view, can you see a bitmapped background like


in either, or both, v7.20.0 or earlier versions.

Or, if you work for a corporate running a skinned version of BOINC, can you see their skin instead?

It seems to have gone missing...
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Message 108467 - Posted: 15 Jun 2022, 17:39:00 UTC - in response to Message 108465.  

Will check when back at computer. Though I won't know without installing earlier versions when it went. Currently 7.21.0 on VM, 7.20 on host.
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Message 108468 - Posted: 15 Jun 2022, 18:43:19 UTC

Question - when you switch the Manager to simple view, can you see a bitmapped background like
No bitmapped image in 7.20.0 or 7.21.0 Manager in the latter just crashed on return to advanced view. Client still running. On restarting manager I was able to change back to advanced view with no problems. No idea if the crash is related to any of the issues being discussed on github or not. It is a long time since I last looked at simple view so no idea when the bitmapped image went. I do vaguely remember it though before I discovered advanced view.
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Message 108471 - Posted: 15 Jun 2022, 18:51:46 UTC - in response to Message 108468.  

I saw the Manager crash on return switch from simple to advanced myself - that's one of the bugs I've reported and am investigating.

Windows users get a 'skins' folder delivered to their program directory by the Windows installer. I'm trying to work out on Linux,

a) the distros don't deliver the skins,
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b) The Linux build doesn't load and display the skins even if present.

So far, either or both are possible.
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Message 108474 - Posted: 15 Jun 2022, 19:56:21 UTC - in response to Message 108471.  

a) the distros don't deliver the skins,


I did check all the projects I was attached to on 7.20.0 7.21.0 is only attached to cpdn and dev.cpdn. So if down to individual projects, either none of mine do or it doesn't get past BOINC.
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Message 108476 - Posted: 15 Jun 2022, 20:37:46 UTC

'Skins' are a central BOINC deployment, not up to individual projects.
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Message 108477 - Posted: 15 Jun 2022, 22:06:06 UTC

I've built a Linux client from the current Master but am using an older Manager version. I'm guessing it is from the old 7.16 branch if I remember correctly.

I don't see any bitmapped background image in Simple View. Just a rotating image gallery for the project that is selected in the Chooser. I have the standard Skins folder.

I don't crash the Manager upon returning from Simple View to Advanced View.

I assume the issue is with the current Manager code.


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Message 108490 - Posted: 16 Jun 2022, 9:28:16 UTC

Thanks guys. It turns out that the code for finding and loading the skin files dates back to 2007, and has probably never worked on Linux. If we haven't missed it until now, I don't think we need to start worrying about it now.
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Message 108497 - Posted: 17 Jun 2022, 1:03:19 UTC - in response to Message 108490.  

Thanks guys. It turns out that the code for finding and loading the skin files dates back to 2007, and has probably never worked on Linux. If we haven't missed it until now, I don't think we need to start worrying about it now.

Seems logical. I haven't used Simple View till the issue arose and I investigated. Wouldn't have known of the background being missing until someone pointed it out to me.


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