Posts by smoe

1) Message boards : Server programs : anyone who knows "bash: $boincserverconfig: ambiguous redirect" ??? hlep me (Message 80002)
Posted 4 Aug 2017 by smoe
Right. The variable $boincserverconfig names the file that hosts the server configuration. And that variable is set in that file. The idea behind that is that you could have several servers set up at different locations but the tutorial here just always knows where you have that configuration and can talk about that file by using that variable.

At some point in my life the tutorial went just fine. But that is some 2.5 years ago. And apparently I had executed the ". ~/.boinc_test.conf" after I had created it :) The step with the failing if just appends to the .bashrc . The $boincserverconfig variable is substituted when executing that command and the -r only tests if that file exists. Sorry for that. It is a bit confusing at a first sight. And many thanks for pointing out that there was this one line missing. I have added it to the wiki in the mean time.

Good luck downstream from here.
2) Message boards : BOINC client : install lib to boinc client (Message 45602)
Posted 9 Sep 2012 by smoe
libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"

How can I fix it? I am using Ubuntu.


you sadly did not say what version of Ubuntu you are running. The newer ones should already have 7.0.34 offered from

Both efforts collaborate with the Debian folks, aiming at a coherent experience across distros.

Hm. Ok. To help out somewhat more directly, try
sudo apt-get install libxss1

The above may fail for earlier versions of Ubuntu. In that case try apt-cache search libxss to find out the package name and install that, instead.

3) Message boards : Questions and problems : ATI GPU & Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit (Message 38859)
Posted 9 Jul 2011 by smoe
Quite a bit happened since the 6.10.59 package. Please go for 6.12.26+ which is most likely available from (just checked, 6.12.18 seems to be the lastest one, anyway). Maybe you can install 6.12.33 from the Oneiric Ocelot?

For some mysterious reason, the regular Linux BOINC packages are still with 6.10.58. 6.12.33 is working just fine for me - not having tested the GPU support.

4) Message boards : GPUs : Debian/Ubuntu/Mint/Derivatives - GPU recognition fixes (Message 37506)
Posted 16 Apr 2011 by smoe
Hi Skip,

I admit to be a bit clueless about the GPU start process but I completely agree that BOINC could be the very last thing to start since it has no reverse dependencies and should not have any IMHO.

Concerning your issue #1, I educated myself more on
and will have the next upload depend on $all to determine the boot sequence. This shall have the very same effect as setting it to 99 as you suggested.

For issue #2 I have followed the advice on
and with your initial posting as I just saw to add "xhost local:boinc" to the start routine.

This "xhost" is a bit like a raise from the dead for me. I had not used it since the advent of "ssh -X". For the time speaking, I do not see any surprising security concerns with this. We need to trust those remote applications anyway. We'll see what the community thinks about it.

So, thank you for keeping up the spirit(s) to address this nastiness. Now we only need a way to perform the initialisation of CUDA and friends without an installation of X at all.


5) Message boards : The Lounge : Multicore Projects (Message 35976)
Posted 5 Dec 2010 by smoe
As long as the memory footprint of the application is small, involving multiple processors will reduce performance. The owner of the machine should instead start multiple jobs.
6) Message boards : BOINC client : BOINC on clouds (Message 26142)
Posted 20 Jul 2009 by smoe

I have prepared an introduction for using the Amazon ( or Eucalyptus ( cloud at The example application is BOINC. The instructions describe how to prepare an image that continues for the FightAids@Home as soon as you start it up.

The instructions were meant as an instruction of the cloud command line tools, but they ended up to describe a sufficience amount of BOINC that these might be of interest for this community, too. I could imagine that such a virtual machine may be beneficial for developers to investigate bugs together - or just to increase your workforce at bit more. Frankly, I find BOINC to be an excellent way to get your compute application into the cloud. It could not be much easier.



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