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Message 1052 - Posted: 24 Jun 2004, 8:21:40 UTC

I'm not at all impressed with the support here. How about a little instruction on installation for OS X. How do people uninstall? Where's the GUI version? Will there be one? Do you care about those of us that have donated years of computer time? I'm sad to see thing going in this kind of direction. Hopefully someone will answer.

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Message 1113 - Posted: 24 Jun 2004, 12:21:33 UTC

The is not much on the install for the Macintosh and as I have one I feel your "pain" for the moment I am still running SETI@Home Classic on the mac...

There is suposed to be a cross platform GUI in the works but I have no idea of how far along that version is at this time.

The only instructions that we have is here.

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Message 1330 - Posted: 24 Jun 2004, 19:49:21 UTC

you dont have to do much:

# Create a folder in your home directory and put the boinc file in it
# Start Terminal
# 'cd' to the folder you just created
# Type 'chmod +x boinc_2.12_powerpc-apple-darwin7.0.0' (without the quotes)

there will be a gui, you just have to wait, the project has only been online for a few days :)

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Message 1439 - Posted: 24 Jun 2004, 22:11:53 UTC

Don't get upset, just ask!
Here is a "step by step" for Mac Users. It may get easiser over time, but this is pretty much the process for almost any Mac distributed computing project that runs a CLI (Command Line Interface). Maybe eventually they will compile an app that can just be double-clicked and will auto-start the terminal.

Download the Mac CLI

Place the application in a folder, called whatever you want, anywhere you like on your hard drive. (I called my folder SETI-BOINC)

You can rename your ap if you like. I shortened mine to just boinc_3.18

Open the terminal and at the prompt type cd and a single space
Drag the folder on top of the terminal window and it should set the path to the folder. (easier then typing the path). Hit return.
Type chmod +x boinc_3.18 (or whatever the name is of your app). Hit return
type ./boinc_3.18. hit return.
Then follow the prompts to enter the project URL and your key.

It should look like this:
Last login: Sun Jun 13 03:58:54 on ttyp1
Welcome to Darwin!
[iBook600:~] david% cd /Users/davidrob/Desktop/BOINC-SETI
[iBook600:~/Desktop/BOINC-SETI] david% chmod +x boinc_3.18
[iBook600:~/Desktop/BOINC-SETI] davidrob% ./boinc_3.18
2004-06-24 14:56:19 [---] Starting BOINC client version 3.18 for powerpc-apple-darwin

Hope that helps.


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Message 3189 - Posted: 1 Jul 2004, 15:05:57 UTC

OK I must agree the lack of instruction is pretty bad, I left DOS in '86 to get away from comand line gobbel-de-gook.

So after about an hour and a half of poking around in root level stuff that not only do I not understand, but do not want to understand( I am an end user, not a programmer) this is what I did and as far as I can tell it seems to work and nothing has broken, yet.

1 Down load and unstuff the program. The program I got is BOINC client 3.1.18 Powerpc.

2 Create a folder some place safe. Mine is in the applications folder of my user file.
hard drive / users / your name / applications / boinc

3 Open the terminal interface
Hard drive / applications / utilities / terminal

4 Drag the application from the previously created folder and drop it on to the terminal.
Hit the return button. The terminal "should" then launch the application as well as build all the path gunk and do the 'cd' & 'chmod' and all that other command line stuff for you.

5 At this point the terminal will ask for specific data. The first thing is the SETI url and the second thing is your account key, this data can be found on the seti web site.
Seti homepage / participate in seti at home / downlaod

VERY IMPORTANT! If you have NOT launched the application for the first time the download window will display the seti URL and your personal account key. After you have launched the application this data is not available and I have no idea how to retrive
it. So make a copt of this data and secure it for future refrence!!!!

6 Copy and paste the URL in to the terminal. Hit return.

7 Copy and paste your account key in to the terminal. Hit return.

8 Close the terminal.

9 Pray to god that you never have to return to the ancient lost civilization of DOS again!

Hope this helps someone, because after 18 years of bliss this was a harsh blast from the past.

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Message 3389 - Posted: 2 Jul 2004, 6:55:06 UTC - in response to Message 3189.


> Hope this helps someone, because after 18 years of bliss this was a harsh
> blast from the past.

I agree. It should be possible to create a Mac CLI that by double-clicking it automatically starts the terminal and gets everything going. Then all that would be needed is to enter the URL and the Account ID (key), which has to be done with all versions, including the GUI.

Still, for wide spread participation, a GUI is a necessity. It will come, but isn't here yet.

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Message 3811 - Posted: 3 Jul 2004, 22:10:53 UTC - in response to Message 3389.
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> > I agree too. In fact, I can't seem to make boinc do anything. I'm staying with classic until there's a GUI version.

Hope this helps someone, because after 18 years of bliss this was a
> harsh
> > blast from the past.
>
> I agree. It should be possible to create a Mac CLI that by double-clicking it
> automatically starts the terminal and gets everything going. Then all that
> would be needed is to enter the URL and the Account ID (key), which has to be
> done with all versions, including the GUI.
>
> Still, for wide spread participation, a GUI is a necessity. It will come,
> but isn't here yet.
>
> <a> href="http://www.boinc.dk/index.php?page=user_statistics&userid=153364">
>

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Message 3812 - Posted: 3 Jul 2004, 22:13:30 UTC - in response to Message 3189.

> I gave this a try, but when I hit return after dropping the file on the terminal all I got was a message that said access denied. Since I don't know about using the terminal, and I'm afraid I'll do something wrong, I'm going to delete the boinc version and just stick with the old SETI client as long as I can.

OK I must agree the lack of instruction is pretty bad, I left DOS in '86 to
> get away from comand line gobbel-de-gook.
>
> So after about an hour and a half of poking around in root level stuff that
> not only do I not understand, but do not want to understand( I am an end user,
> not a programmer) this is what I did and as far as I can tell it seems to work
> and nothing has broken, yet.
>
> 1 Down load and unstuff the program. The program I got is BOINC client
> 3.1.18 Powerpc.
>
> 2 Create a folder some place safe. Mine is in the applications folder of my
> user file.
> hard drive / users / your name / applications / boinc
>
> 3 Open the terminal interface
> Hard drive / applications / utilities / terminal
>
> 4 Drag the application from the previously created folder and drop it on to
> the terminal.
> Hit the return button. The terminal "should" then launch the application as
> well as build all the path gunk and do the 'cd' & 'chmod' and all that
> other command line stuff for you.
>
> 5 At this point the terminal will ask for specific data. The first thing is
> the SETI url and the second thing is your account key, this data can be found
> on the seti web site.
> Seti homepage / participate in seti at home / downlaod
>
> VERY IMPORTANT! If you have NOT launched the application for the first time
> the download window will display the seti URL and your personal account key.
> After you have launched the application this data is not available and I have
> no idea how to retrive
> it. So make a copt of this data and secure it for future refrence!!!!
>
> 6 Copy and paste the URL in to the terminal. Hit return.
>
> 7 Copy and paste your account key in to the terminal. Hit return.
>
> 8 Close the terminal.
>
> 9 Pray to god that you never have to return to the ancient lost civilization
> of DOS again!
>
> Hope this helps someone, because after 18 years of bliss this was a harsh
> blast from the past.
>
>
>

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