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Matt Chambers

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Message 30860 - Posted: 6 Feb 2010, 22:06:13 UTC

Hi,

When attaching various Windows Vista and XP computers to the World Community Grid project the BOINC Manager (usually version 6.10.18) gives me a warning stating something like "This project may not have work for this type of computer. Attach anyway?" I say 'yes' and attach, of course, because the WCG has *never* lacked plenty of material for all of my computers, but the warning is confusing and I could see how it could discourage others from choosing that project (or, rather, group of projects).

Ironically, LHC@home ( http://lhcathome.cern.ch/lhcathome/ ) is still one of the preferred projects on the list and it has been, sadly, completely unreachable for months, without even an accessible web page to explain what happened.

Is this a bug?

~~Matt
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Richard Haselgrove
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Message 30863 - Posted: 6 Feb 2010, 22:36:55 UTC

1) The 'Platforms' tag in the all_projects.xml file that is managed and circulated by BOINC is blank for WCG:

    <platforms>
        <name></name>
    </platforms>

That would indeed seem to be a problem that BOINC should correct.

2) It is entirely up to each individual project what they do, or don't do. I used to crunch for LHC@home too, and I regret that it seems to have fallen into a black hole - at least, their administrative staff have retreated behind an event horizon: the website is still there, idle and covered in cobwebs.

But that's not BOINC's responsibility.
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Message 30864 - Posted: 6 Feb 2010, 23:14:48 UTC - in response to Message 30863.  

I've not seen this when doing a clean install on W7-64 quad, never have and wonder if it's got a connection to GPU enabling on a device... the client having identified a working gpu crunching able card.

I'll drop a note to the WCG tech so they can work from their side on this whilst they're prepping to roll-out/endorse 6.10, not being the first time reading this issue on these forums.
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Message 30870 - Posted: 7 Feb 2010, 1:00:36 UTC - in response to Message 30864.  

If you're doing a clean install, the initial "Attach to project" will be done using the all_projects.xml file distributed inside the installer: it's the only data file in the package.

I only have the packages for v6.10.24 and v6.10.25 unpacked for immediate inspection, but they both have blank platform lists. On the other hand, v6.6.36 has a full set:

    <platforms>
        <name>windows_intelx86</name>
        <name>i686-pc-linux-gnu</name>
        <name>i686-apple-darwin</name>
        <name>powerpc-apple-darwin</name>
        <name>x86_64-pc-linux-gnu</name>
        <name>i386-portbld-freebsd</name>
    </platforms>

If someone has been using BOINC for a while, the 'Attach to project' wizard will use a fresh copy of all_platforms: that's got the blank list, as I showed you earlier.
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Message 30871 - Posted: 7 Feb 2010, 1:20:03 UTC

Forwarded to BOINC devs and WCG development.
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Message 30896 - Posted: 7 Feb 2010, 16:42:10 UTC

Fixed in [trac]changeset:20461[/trac]
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