Posts by Pepo

1) Message boards : BOINC client : My Wish List (Message 40947)
Posted 4 Nov 2011 by Pepo
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Hey clipfox, if you've read carefully, I've navigated you to the "BOINC Dev mailing list" URL, not here to "BOINC Dev message boards" forum, I hope you understand the difference.

Posting your ideas here you go the risk of not presenting them to BOINC developers at all - they take a look here nearly as rarely as once in a blue moon... but they check their e-mails continuously.

Peter
2) Message boards : BOINC Manager : How to stop Boinc from auto starting on system boot? (Message 39546)
Posted 9 Aug 2011 by Pepo
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It is in the registry:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"boincmgr"="\"C:\\Program Files\\BOINC\\boincmgr.exe\" /a /s"

Interesting... Regrun doesn't seem to see anything in this key! I actually have 2 entries there:
boincmgr="F:\INTERNET\BOINC\boincmgr.exe" /a /s
boinctray="F:\INTERNET\BOINC\boinctray.exe"

Give the SysInternals' AutoRuns a try.

Peter
3) Message boards : BOINC Manager : 50 projects under Boinc. (Message 38936)
Posted 13 Jul 2011 by Pepo
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The developers [...] see the symbols loading problem as a memory or string problem and will have a private drop version for you available within the day. Mind, this will only fix the problem where it shows e.g. "ModLoad: 6faa0000 0003e000 ????????????????l (???0) (?B Symbols Loaded)" in stderrgui.txt [...]

I hope they will be able to get the fix into the regular version line too. I've already publicly reported these question marks twice during the last few months... :-(

Peter
4) Message boards : Questions and problems : Bug - Unrecoverable "Cannot connect to client" problem (Message 38551)
Posted 18 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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I prefer to stick with production releases, so I'll just live with this minor annoyance until we get a non-alpha, non-beta release that fixes it.

This problem only crops up once a week or so, and doing the repair re-install is not a big deal -- it's a fairly-fast and non-destructive temporary solution.

6.12.33 is much more worth the "production release" tag than 6.12.26 ever was...
And doing a 6.12.26 -> 6.12.33 update takes just a bit more than a repair re-install.

Peter
5) Message boards : Questions and problems : Computing is suspended - requested by operating system (Message 38550)
Posted 18 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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Thank you for you quick helpful replies. If I understand everything correctly, I have come to the conclusion that I might, *might* have found a bug.

When I boot my machine Boinc tasks run correctly. The problem only occurs after awaking from Sleep - reboot and everything is fine again.
P.S. I've just found that logging off and on again will reset Boinc. Reboot not required.

If I can help with more detailed information, please feel free to ask.

Do you run any Non-Computation-Intensive tasks (QCN, FreeHAL, WUProp)?

Could you try 6.12.33 afterwards?

Peter
6) Message boards : BOINC Manager : To All Those Users That Don't Like The 6.12.26 Manager (Message 38535)
Posted 17 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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Fred wrote:
Trog Dog wrote:

I wonder what it would take to make a minimal virtual machine image (one just big enough to run BT) then linux and mac users could both be served,

Wine is not a virtual machine, it runs the code directly.

I believe Trog Dog meant creating some minimal virtual machine with some Linux distro (to be run on Mac), with Wine+BT inside...

Fred wrote:
Trog Dog wrote:
or does mac have an equivalent of wine?
For Mac there is a Wine version, as (don't tell) Mac is Linux, sort of.

You've meant, "Both of them are Unix (at least sort of)"? ;-)

Peter
7) Message boards : Questions and problems : Computing is suspended - requested by operating system (Message 38534)
Posted 17 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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Just to add to the developers' answer: this bug was happening on pretty large range of versions, I assume 6.10.37/38 - 6.12.26, with conditions:

  • preference to suspend computing, if non-BOINC CPU usage is over some percentage,
  • computation being temporarily suspended because of this rule (maybe any other reason to temporarily suspend computation would be sufficient?),
  • at least one NCI task running in the system,
  • request Windows to sleep/hibernate.


Afterwards after the wakeup, any in-memory NCI tasks will continue to "crunch", the remaining CI tasks will be in "Suspended - requested by OS" state. Only possible fix is to restart the client.

It was believed to be fixed in 6.12.27, I've never noticed it with later versions.

Peter

8) Message boards : BOINC Manager : To All Those Users That Don't Like The 6.12.26 Manager (Message 38498)
Posted 16 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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I wonder what it would take to make a minimal virtual machine image (one just big enough to run BT) then linux and mac users could both be served, or does mac have an equivalent of wine?

I have no idea for both of the questions.

Peter
9) Message boards : Questions and problems : help.youtube.com access from Boinc?! (Message 38459)
Posted 15 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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An answer back from one of the developers:

Rom Walton wrote:
Both www.google.com and help.youtube.com resolve to the same IP address (74.125.77.147).

Sometimes the reasons could be THAT simple...

Peter
10) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Recent modifications to Boinc Mgr look - not liking it [have included suggestions] (Message 38448)
Posted 14 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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The problem with it is that email lists are non-threaded so ALL topics are thrown into 1 giant icky confusing hodgepodge.

You probably had Digest Mode set to On. You can switch that off in all email list preferences and then you get emails in individually. Then you'll see them like so.

Errhm, threaded looks and navigates better.

Peter
11) Message boards : BOINC Manager : To All Those Users That Don't Like The 6.12.26 Manager (Message 38447)
Posted 14 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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If you don't like the new manager please give BoincTasks a try - unfortunately you can only install it on a windows machine though [...]

Never say NEVER! It is already making friendship with Wine.
12) Message boards : Questions and problems : help.youtube.com access from Boinc?! (Message 38389)
Posted 13 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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I personally do not hear any rings ;-) At least the other way around.

We know "Project communication failed: attempting access to reference site [---] Internet access OK - project servers may be temporarily down." and THE reference site is http://www.google.com/. But I'm not getting an idea why accessing its main page should cause a contact to http://help.youtube.com. At least my "...\BOINC\lookup_website.html" does not contain any note of it - maybe Doug's will... Doug, could you please take a look?

Peter
13) Message boards : Questions and problems : system getting hacked after install of boinc (Message 38367)
Posted 12 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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problem:
installed boinc, next morning, system hacked.
stuff moved around, files open, work units aborted.
mostly after system does large prim wu.

anybody got any help for this problem?
got any help??
sure could use it.

If you would describe, what actually happened to your computer (or what does "system hacked, stuff moved around, files open, work units aborted" means, then someone might try to guess, what it was, and then help...

Peter
14) Message boards : BOINC client : Need help about client_state.xml (Message 38340)
Posted 11 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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Good move, Jord.

I've been helping with modifying BOINCphpGUI a couple of years ago and trying to communicate with client over PuTTY (and Ethereal) a year or two before that. Sad that it will probably not be able to use BOINC's lib, or will it?

My "greatest" experience with .js ever is from some month ago - an attempt to shorten BOINCMonitor's progress bars (OK), add one more color definition and category to differentiate between in-memory and not-in-memory preempted tasks (failed), adding nVcuda image and tooltips with app name/number to all CUDA tasks (somehow OK)... I've always been locking my desktop for a couple of tens of minutes with unresponsible sidebar.exe striving for even more memory :-D

Peter
15) Message boards : BOINC client : Need help about client_state.xml (Message 38337)
Posted 11 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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Pepo can you help me with RPC way?

Hmmmm...
If you let me know, how to debug JavaScript (or how is it exactly called) and how to open a network connection in it? I might try.

Peter
16) Message boards : BOINC client : Need help about client_state.xml (Message 38334)
Posted 10 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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[...] I still think file-scraping is the wrong way to go for the long term. [...]

Igogo, until you consider leaving the file-scraping way and take the RPC way, you should at least let the Monitor remember the client_state.xml's and boinc_task_state.xml's time-stamps and check them against the files prior to opening and reading them again.

Peter
17) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Aborted work units...? (Message 38315)
Posted 10 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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Brand Spanking new...the ASUS laptops run hot anyway...
Its a nice machine - just not ready to rip it open quite yet...

Then I'd more than recommend you using TThrottle...
BTW, strongly shortly blowing through the cooler rips helps with dust for a couple of days or weeks...

Peter
18) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Aborted work units...? (Message 38312)
Posted 10 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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I had to bring my PC down quick and hard. . .fast!
My PC reached 100C running all (8) CPUs wide open!
I had to throttle Boinc down to 66% utilization...
Even that keeps it hovering at about 90% heat level.

Until you'll solve the (indeed apparently heat sink - is it loose?) problem, you could give TThrottle a try - it is maybe not necessary for constant CPU load regulation on a correctly configured desktop, but still very good as an emergency brake.

Peter
19) Message boards : Questions and problems : BoincTasks alternative BOINC manager (Message 38257)
Posted 8 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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Fixed: The history files where unnecessary large, due to the repeating of the computer name in the file.

These large computer names appeared sometimes in the last 3 weeks, most probably with BT 1.04 update.

Don't know if others have experienced this but on upgrading to 1.05 and looking in the history, all but the last 24 hours was gone for local and remote hosts. Checking BT settings, the days were still on 365 to keep. After, the history held all new results not wiping the > 24 hours.

Happened to me on one computer with BT 1.03->1.04 transition. This means that the bug is still available in 1.05 :-(

On two other machines I'm possibly missing some historical data older than a couple of months, but I have no evidence because of having no backups. But I'm suspecting the remaining historical data being "thinned" - I've observed this on one machine, when shortening the "Remove history after ... days" value step-by-step.

Peter
20) Message boards : News : BOINC Monitor (Message 38226)
Posted 7 Jun 2011 by Pepo
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KraftR wrote:
I installed V7 a few hours ago...
It has finished two WUs since then.
And the graph only updates when it completes a WU.
The display of the eight active tasks stays static.

Igogo wrote:
My gadget get data from client_state.xml
If BOINC update this file my gadget updates too.
For any reason BOINC update data randomly (I don't know how)
For me it is from seconds to hours

With "graph" I assume you mean the four rectangular statistics graphs. They are painted according to the contents of the ".../BOINC/statistics_proj_name_org.xml" (or similar) files. As soon as a finished task is reported to some project proj.name.org, it then takes few seconds-minutes-hours-days to validate the result and grant the task some credit. Afterwards, the next time your BOINC client will contact the project, this "statistics_.***.xml" file gets updated.

If your client does finish tasks from some project in regular intervals (say, 1 hour), it is possible, that with each contact the credits were already updated, but it is also possible, that the credits will change only once in a couple of hours, another time in a couple of days, yet another time in a few seconds after the contact...

With "display of the eight active tasks" I assume you mean the bar graphs, symbolizing the tasks' progress. Their state is indeed read from "client_state.xml", but it depends on the task's application, how often does it report its progress to the BOINC client. Which project's app is it?

Peter


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