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Message 1316620 - Posted: 17 Dec 2012, 23:48:10 UTC

How do I update BOINC to the current version on Ubuntu?
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Message 1316656 - Posted: 18 Dec 2012, 1:48:41 UTC - in response to Message 1316620.
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The BOINC download page recommends using the BOINC package provided with your distribution. If you have never installed BOINC then use the Ubuntu package manager. Launch it and search for boinc. Then install.

If you have already installed BOINC from the package manager and are wanting to upgrade from the tar file then I would use the package manager to first REMOVE BOINC before installing BOINC from the tar file. Very often Distro RPMs install in different locations then the tar file. There is a link to BOINC download on most project pages. Follow the install instructions there.

I have not installed from the tar file so I cannot be much help in this regard.

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Message 1316840 - Posted: 18 Dec 2012, 16:09:16 UTC
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there is a PPA repository available for Ubuntu.

This is a "testing" PPA, that typically is rebuilt with the newest Boinc version as they are released. You may experience bugs with the version changes, but if you want the current boinc version installed the easy way from a repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costamagnagianfranco/boinc sudo apt-get update

Then, if you already have boinc installed:
sudo apt-get upgrade
will bring you to current version 7.0.42 (as of 12/12/12)


If not yet installed, "sudo apt-get install boinc" will then install the current version.
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Message 1316997 - Posted: 19 Dec 2012, 6:34:35 UTC

Once again, I need to remind people that I'm not computer literate. I don't know what a tar file is, or what Distro RPM is. Please spell it out for me like I'm 70, which wouldn't be far from the truth.
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Message 1317047 - Posted: 19 Dec 2012, 10:02:13 UTC - in response to Message 1316997.
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Tar is a UNIX derived word which stays for tape archival. Tar xvf file.tar o tar zxvf if the file is compressed (or even jxvf) installs the contents of the file with a tar suffix. Rpm is a more powerful tool. rpm -Uhv file.rpm installs the contents of the file.rpm and updates it if there was a previous version. Sometimes it is necessary to specify -f or --force. You must have write permission on the directory when the file(s) are to be installed. I am 77.
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Message 1317255 - Posted: 19 Dec 2012, 18:44:24 UTC

^Okay, I'm sorry I asked.

Could somebody please tell me in simple terms exactly what I'm supposed to do?
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Message 1317256 - Posted: 19 Dec 2012, 18:45:12 UTC - in response to Message 1316997.
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Once again, I need to remind people that I'm not computer literate. I don't know what a tar file is, or what Distro RPM is. Please spell it out for me like I'm 70, which wouldn't be far from the truth.

My suggestion allows you to use your package manager to update your boinc package from the repository... (this is preferred method for Ubuntu)
It does not involve any manual unpacking or installing of any files.

Again. in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costamagnagianfranco/boinc sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade


Thats it. your boinc will be upgraded to the current version.



[In laymans terms what this does is add a "source" to your package lists in Ubuntu.
This source of the Boinc package, is a PPA repository handled by "Locutus" of Debian's Boinc Maintainers team. (Debian is what Ubuntu is built off of). This repository is made specifically for installing the newest Boinc in Ubuntu, and the results of our use of this PPA helps the Debian boinc team package up Boinc in better and better ways for our specific OSes. This repository is updated whenever the Boinc devs at Berkley release a new version.]
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Message 1318636 - Posted: 22 Dec 2012, 4:41:44 UTC

Thank you.

Will I have to do this again when the next version comes out?
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Message 1319142 - Posted: 23 Dec 2012, 2:38:58 UTC - in response to Message 1318636.

Thank you.

Will I have to do this again when the next version comes out?

No

It will be checked every time you do your regular Ubuntu updates and be upgraded as new releases are put out.
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