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Message 742752 - Posted: 22 Apr 2008, 14:03:53 UTC
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Hi Boincers,

I'm a longtime Boincer (Seti & FA@H), but Linux-newbie. I'd like to run BOINC as a screensaver under Linux, as I did under Windows.

I did set up an Ubuntu (Gutsy) and one Fedora 8 Computer both with Gnome environment. I managed to install BOINC, connect and make it run by autostart.

But now it runs all the time from logging on to the system. There is no possibility to choose BOINC in the screensaver menu. I want to run it only when I'm inactive (computer is in idle) and see the dizzy animations. ;)
Can anybody help?

Thanks a lot!
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Message 742838 - Posted: 22 Apr 2008, 22:05:48 UTC

It's not posible with the actual BOINC version to use it as screensaver.
So far I know, is it planed for future releases.
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Message 746596 - Posted: 1 May 2008, 19:21:08 UTC

OK, I have the same issue. I don't care about the screensaver, but I only want it to run when the computer is idle. All the settings say that, but it still runs all the time. I end up shutting it down when I'm using my computer, and half the time forget to start it back up again. Am I missing something, or is it incapable of running this way? I'm on Linux.

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Message 746706 - Posted: 2 May 2008, 0:59:31 UTC - in response to Message 746596.

OK, I have the same issue. I don't care about the screensaver, but I only want it to run when the computer is idle. All the settings say that, but it still runs all the time. I end up shutting it down when I'm using my computer, and half the time forget to start it back up again. Am I missing something, or is it incapable of running this way? I'm on Linux.

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Idle by definition is keyboard usage. Some distributions of Linux, including Fedora, do not work well with this feature of BOINC. I have the same complaint about 5.10.x, so if anyone finds a solution, I'll upgrade from 5.8.16.

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Message 760375 - Posted: 29 May 2008, 23:06:15 UTC

I would also like to see Bionic run in screensaver mode. It only suspends when using the keyboard. Running Bionic on Linux Mint.

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Message 762998 - Posted: 5 Jun 2008, 1:07:55 UTC - in response to Message 760375.

I also am running BOINC on LInux(Debian). When I click on a project and then click on Show Graphics, the graphics do not come up on the screen. Am I missing something???

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Message 765687 - Posted: 10 Jun 2008, 12:58:15 UTC - in response to Message 762998.

I also am running BOINC on LInux(Debian). When I click on a project and then click on Show Graphics, the graphics do not come up on the screen. Am I missing something???


I have just managed to fix that particular problem. Open a Terminal window and type

xhost +local:

that worked for me under Fedora 9
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Message 768483 - Posted: 15 Jun 2008, 6:17:41 UTC
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in debian Etch under the boinc client it lists a command --allow_remote_gui_rpc under --help but i do not know what the correct value is.
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Message 768548 - Posted: 15 Jun 2008, 8:42:40 UTC - in response to Message 768483.

in debian Etch under the boinc client it lists a command --allow_remote_gui_rpc under --help but i do not know what the correct value is.
any ideas?

If it is enabled, BOINC managers from other systems could connect to this BOINC client and manage the BOINC client, if the password is correct.
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Message 768635 - Posted: 15 Jun 2008, 14:06:19 UTC - in response to Message 768548.

in debian Etch under the boinc client it lists a command --allow_remote_gui_rpc under --help but i do not know what the correct value is.
any ideas?

If it is enabled, BOINC managers from other systems could connect to this BOINC client and manage the BOINC client, if the password is correct.

BOINC managers from other systems can always connect to any client, given that the gui_rpc_auth.cfg and remote_hosts.cfg files are set up correctly. With --allow_remote_gui_rpc you allow the connection without password protection and host name check, as far as I know (which isn't that far :-).

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Message 769355 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 2:25:00 UTC - in response to Message 768635.

in debian Etch under the boinc client it lists a command --allow_remote_gui_rpc under --help but i do not know what the correct value is.
any ideas?

If it is enabled, BOINC managers from other systems could connect to this BOINC client and manage the BOINC client, if the password is correct.

BOINC managers from other systems can always connect to any client, given that the gui_rpc_auth.cfg and remote_hosts.cfg files are set up correctly. With --allow_remote_gui_rpc you allow the connection without password protection and host name check, as far as I know (which isn't that far :-).

Gruß,
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Message 769356 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 2:26:56 UTC - in response to Message 769355.
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in debian Etch under the boinc client it lists a command --allow_remote_gui_rpc under --help but i do not know what the correct value is.
any ideas?

If it is enabled, BOINC managers from other systems could connect to this BOINC client and manage the BOINC client, if the password is correct.

BOINC managers from other systems can always connect to any client, given that the gui_rpc_auth.cfg and remote_hosts.cfg files are set up correctly. With --allow_remote_gui_rpc you allow the connection without password protection and host name check, as far as I know (which isn't that far :-).

Gruß,
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this is the error message i found in the output file going back to seti.

Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified

freeglut (screensaver): failed to open display ':0.0'
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified

freeglut (screensaver): failed to open display ':0.0'
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified

freeglut (screensaver): failed to open display ':0.0'

I am not sure what this means.

it appears to me that the client is trying to start the graphics but does not know how to connect to the x server.


any one have any ideas or help for this problem?

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Message 794355 - Posted: 7 Aug 2008, 23:17:32 UTC

Hi! Do you know if is possible to run the windows version with wine?

Thanks.

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Message 796370 - Posted: 11 Aug 2008, 17:23:23 UTC - in response to Message 794355.

Hi! Do you know if is possible to run the windows version with wine?

Thanks.


You do not want to do that because wine takes up extra processor time translating all the code. It would be really inefficient.

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