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Message 1709 - Posted: 25 Jun 2004, 5:25:09 UTC

Hey folks,

I've been reading through the BOINC/SETI docs and links that have been provided here on the boards, and I guess I just don't get how this new version is supposed to work.

I'm used to the Windows command line version running under Win2K and XP. I would start up the CL app and let it run. Whenever I needed to do something really taxing, like gaming or whatever, I'd manually exit the app and restart it later.

I was just now able to download my first work unit under BOINC GUI (yay!) and I let it run for about five minutes or so, getting to about 5% or something like that. I then exited out of the app and restarted it, and in messages it told me...

"SETI@home - 2004-06-25 00:15:24 - Restarting computation for result 11se03aa.2459.11842.1040906.67_1 using setiathome version 3.08"

Does this mean exiting out of the BOINC app will negate whatever progress has been made on a work unit? If so, someone please explain to me if this is a feature, bug or whatever.

There are times when I'm just not going to want BOINC/SETI running, and if exiting the app negates all progress, well, that just doesn't make sense to me. If I'm way off base here and just not getting how the new BOINC/SETI works, if I'm running it incorrectly or whatever, please let me know as I want to get the hang of this.

Thanks much!

-Stever

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Message 1711 - Posted: 25 Jun 2004, 5:29:54 UTC - in response to Message 1709.


> "SETI@home - 2004-06-25 00:15:24 - Restarting computation for result
> 11se03aa.2459.11842.1040906.67_1 using setiathome version 3.08"
>
> Does this mean exiting out of the BOINC app will negate whatever progress has
> been made on a work unit? If so, someone please explain to me if this is a
> feature, bug or whatever.

No, it's not starting over - it's simply "restarting" from where it left off. "Resuming" would probably be a better word for it to show there.

All you lose if you shut it down is the work that was done since your last write-to-disk, which you can set in your general preferences. I think the default is 60 seconds, so unless you have increased it for some reason, the most you will lose by shuting it down would be 59 seconds of work.



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Message 1715 - Posted: 25 Jun 2004, 5:38:23 UTC - in response to Message 1711.
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> No, it's not starting over - it's simply "restarting" from where it left off.
> "Resuming" would probably be a better word for it to show there.
>
> All you lose if you shut it down is the work that was done since your last
> write-to-disk, which you can set in your general preferences. I think the
> default is 60 seconds, so unless you have increased it for some reason, the
> most you will lose by shuting it down would be 59 seconds of work.
>


Ahhh... my bad... I failed to check the "work" tab in the GUI app. It picks back up where it left off in the "progress" column. I guess I freaked out because the laptop I'm testing this on takes about ten seconds after launching BOINC before that progress bar will show anything but 0%. I must have clicked away before it properly indicated the progress.

Thanks! Sorry to be a pain!

-Stever

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Message 1718 - Posted: 25 Jun 2004, 5:43:11 UTC - in response to Message 1715.


> Thanks! Sorry to be a pain!

No problem at all. And you're not the first person to ask about it, thus my belief that maybe "resuming" would have been a better word for them to use.



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