Creating installers for Linux

The recommended actions of a BOINC installer for Linux:

  • Create a user 'boinc' and group 'boinc' if they don't already exist. All files and directories created by the installer should have this owner and group.
  • Install the executables (boinc, boincmgr, boinccmd) in the appropriate directory.
  • Create a directory /var/lib/boinc-client
  • Create a directory /etc/boinc-client/. Within it, create a file containing

You then have a choice:

  • Public installation: create an empty file /var/lib/boinc-client/gui_rpc_auth.cfg. The installing user will immediately be able to run the Manager and attach to a project or account manager. But so will any other user. When they run the Manager they'll get a notice saying that other users can control BOINC, and directing them to a web page telling them how to changes this if they want.
  • Private installation: don't create such a file. If the installing user runs boincmgr, they'll get an error message directing them to a web page telling them to add themselves to the 'boinc' group.
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