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Message 741680 - Posted: 20 Apr 2008, 1:30:27 UTC

So, does the software still exist that let's me participate with the boing software?

Just asking because I will only run the software if I can run it in terminal.

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Message 741713 - Posted: 20 Apr 2008, 3:57:44 UTC - in response to Message 741680.
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I will only run the software if I can run it in terminal.

There is a *nix command line version on the downloads page... I used to use it until I learned that Boinc Manager had the same thing inside it's package contents... Since then, I've been using Boinc Manager rather than boinc_cmd to manage my projects... Other than that, boinc runs happily in the background via the terminal...

So yes, boinc can be run from the terminal, or from the GUI, or even using a combination of the two... ;)
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Message 742923 - Posted: 23 Apr 2008, 0:54:45 UTC - in response to Message 741713.
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I will only run the software if I can run it in terminal.

There is a *nix command line version on the downloads page... I used to use it until I learned that Boinc Manager had the same thing inside it's package contents... Since then, I've been using Boinc Manager rather than boinc_cmd to manage my projects... Other than that, boinc runs happily in the background via the terminal...

So yes, boinc can be run from the terminal, or from the GUI, or even using a combination of the two... ;)


Great. I found the software. Now, how do I find out how to start it?
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Message 742961 - Posted: 23 Apr 2008, 2:09:31 UTC - in response to Message 742923.

I found the software. Now, how do I find out how to start it?

Umm... If you have to ask that question, maybe the command line version isn't for you... :)

Personally, I have an alias to a script that reads:

/Applications/BOINCManager.app/Contents/Resources/boinc -redirectio -dir /Library/Application\\ Support/BOINC\\ Data/ &


There are dozens of ways to get boinc up and running in the terminal, this is just my way... ;)
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Message 744468 - Posted: 26 Apr 2008, 13:41:53 UTC - in response to Message 742961.
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On old systems, it makes sense not to run the GUI. Not running the BOINC GUI front end saves 10-20 % CPU according to top on my old G4 450MHz Daystar-upgraded Lombard.

/Applications/BOINCManager.app/Contents/Resources/boinc -redirectio -dir /Library/Application\\ Support/BOINC\\ Data/ &


It takes a few days to do a work unit, but the Lombard is completely silent, with the CPU temp hovering around 50C according Daystar's temperature monitor. I also replaced the hard disk with a CF card, using a CF to IDE adaptor so there isn't even hard disk noise.

Where does BOINC manager get its estimate of time remaining? Can I grep some text file to get this info w/o starting up BOINCmanager? I looked at the work unit header, but I didn't see anything.

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Message 744682 - Posted: 26 Apr 2008, 21:13:26 UTC - in response to Message 744468.
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Where does BOINC manager get its estimate of time remaining? Can I grep some text file to get this info w/o starting up BOINCmanager? I looked at the work unit header, but I didn't see anything.

I don’t know, but I have observed that there’s an rsc_fpops_est parameter for each <workunit> in sched_reply_setiathome.berkeley.edu.xml—I thought of looking in there because that’s where the deadlines are (a report_deadline for each <result>). If that’s indeed the basis for the estimate, I suppose it would be converted to a time by dividing by the host’s Whetstone benchmark.

Wherever it comes from, the project-supplied estimate will be multiplied by the Duration Correction Factor from the host’s time stats.
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Message 744692 - Posted: 26 Apr 2008, 21:18:05 UTC - in response to Message 744468.
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On old systems, it makes sense not to run the GUI.

I most certainly agree... I've always run boinc from the command line... I only launch Boinc Manager to manage my projects, then I close it down when I'm done... Mainly, because I was using a dial-up internet connection...

Where does BOINC manager get its estimate of time remaining? Can I grep some text file to get this info

I don't have boinc running on this computer yet, but if memory serves me correctly, I believe boinc_cmd --get state will provide you with all the info you need... Else, it can be found in the 'client state' file in the /Boinc Data/Slots directory... Both of which, can be 'grep'ed... As I've said, boinc isn't installed on this computer yet so I have no way to check my accuracy, but this should at least point you in the right direction... ;)
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