BOINC Application for OSX

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Message 80611 - Posted: 18 Feb 2005, 10:32:27 UTC

Saw a post on the E@H site today (thanks Alan) that can help those of us who are terminally challenged. Deep Thought is a free application that allows users to control their BOINC projects without the terminal. It is easy to use and setup. Deep Thought can be found here:

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Message 80823 - Posted: 19 Feb 2005, 6:50:43 UTC

I was just about to announce Deep Thought because I saw it on the Apple downloads page!

Please note that Apple's pages will drop Deep Thought's link in about six months - AFAICT the permanent link is

Deep Thought has one caveat: The BOINC files have to be in ~/Library/Application Support/Boinc Data/, which means that if you have multiple users on your Mac, those users will not have access to the WUs you downloaded. If you log out and a new user logs in, Deep Thought and BOINC will ask for a new account key, project, and WU.

Making an alias so that ~/Library/Application Support/Boinc Data/ points to /Library/Application Support/Boinc Data/ (or /usr/share/boinc/ for that matter) does not get around the problem. Also, Fast User Switching will not solve the problem - It will, however, continue to run BOINC on your account while someone else is logged in (Not quite "sharing" the BOINC data).

The only "workaround" is to change permissions so that anyone can get to your BOINC data folder (And that's a security risk).

BTW: Welcome to the Fora, sweetda752. May the Aqua be with you.
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