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Message 1270614 - Posted: 12 Aug 2012, 1:46:39 UTC

I just saw that a task running on my Pentium II machine was apparently "abandoned." I see this on my Accounts/Tasks page. The workunit page shows a replacement task has been set up, but is as yet unsent.

However, the BOINC manager on this machine indicates the job is still running and is over 70% complete. I just updated the project, but no change in the status as of yet. Should I just let the task continue? First time I've seen "abandoned" as a status. Thank you.

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Message 1270638 - Posted: 12 Aug 2012, 2:48:58 UTC - in response to Message 1270614.

I just saw that a task running on my Pentium II machine was apparently "abandoned." I see this on my Accounts/Tasks page. The workunit page shows a replacement task has been set up, but is as yet unsent.

However, the BOINC manager on this machine indicates the job is still running and is over 70% complete. I just updated the project, but no change in the status as of yet. Should I just let the task continue? First time I've seen "abandoned" as a status. Thank you.

It means it is past its deadline and has not been returned yet.

That task is now in a race against its replacement. If the original on your computer is completed, uploaded, and reported before the replacement is committed to a host, worked its way up the client's queue, completed, uploaded and reported, then it will count. NOTE: The replacement only has to beat its deadline to get credit. Of course, the actual credit grant is based on the result being validated, as always.

I would not abort the task quite yet. There is a fair amount of hope that it will be returned early enough and have some scientific value. If you have not completed the task by the time the replacement is reported, there is no hope left and the task should be aborted.
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Message 1270643 - Posted: 12 Aug 2012, 3:19:03 UTC

Thank you for the explanation of "abandoned." Of note, however, is that the original deadline for this task was Aug. 31, so missing a deadline should not have been an issue.

One side issue is that I received a BOINC message prior to this issue stating in part "8/11/2012 2:16:00 PM|SETI@home|Generated new computer cross-project ID:" (and then giving the new ID). This ID is different than the one still on my account page. Would this affect anything regarding credits and completed work?

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Message 1270690 - Posted: 12 Aug 2012, 6:21:17 UTC - in response to Message 1270643.
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Thank you for the explanation of "abandoned." Of note, however, is that the original deadline for this task was Aug. 31, so missing a deadline should not have been an issue.

One side issue is that I received a BOINC message prior to this issue stating in part "8/11/2012 2:16:00 PM|SETI@home|Generated new computer cross-project ID:" (and then giving the new ID). This ID is different than the one still on my account page. Would this affect anything regarding credits and completed work?

The CPID is not a secret, you can post it. It is visible e.g. in these links:
http://boincstats.com/en/stats/-1/host/detail/2a187557a9641a6211f6811e977fccd8
http://stats.free-dc.org/stats.php?page=hostbycpid&cpid=2a187557a9641a6211f6811e977fccd8

(but the 'account key'/<authenticator> is secret)

New CPID will not influence credits (old credits remain, new credits will be granted as usual)


Is this the task?
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/result.php?resultid=2527116689

Name 09jl12ac.32457.18472.7.10.234.vlar_1

Sent 16 Jul 2012 | 17:58:12 UTC
Received 11 Aug 2012 | 21:15:57 UTC
Server state Over
Outcome Abandoned
Client state New
Exit status 0 (0x0)
Computer ID 6725012
Report deadline 1 Sep 2012 | 6:04:52 UTC


AFAIK 'Abandoned' is shown usually if you Detach from the project.
('Timed out - no response' is shown for missing a deadline: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/workunit.php?wuid=1017149380)

But in that case (Detach) the task had to be deleted from your computer.
You say it is still runnung (which is strange).
The 'Received' + 'Abandoned' above seems to indicate the server thinks your computer was Detached from the project.
(the server 'Received' a command (report/message) from your computer/BOINC to 'Abandon' the task)

('Attach/Detach project' are commands in BOINC 6.6.38 used on your Pentium II/Windows 98 computer, in BOINC 7.0.28 the same is done by 'Add/Remove project')


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