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Message 1898006 - Posted: 29 Oct 2017, 1:41:57 UTC - in response to Message 1898002.  

Were you trying to use BoincTasks as a substitute for the manager? I have never run anything other than the Manager for each client. I just like having BoincTasks on my daily driver so I can see what is going on with each machine without having to get off my chair and visit each client machine in person. So I just use it mostly for remote monitoring of each client machine from a central location. I am lazy.


. . Yes, I thought you needed to run it on each machine to monitor that host. But I was trying to use it instead of manager and kept coming back to manager. If I recall there was an issue with virtual box as well. But it was quite a while ago and I cannot recall all the details now.

. . Anyway, that if for another day atm.

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Message 1898009 - Posted: 29 Oct 2017, 2:00:44 UTC - in response to Message 1898006.  
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No, you only need to install it on one computer. As long as the other clients are on the same network subnet, it connects to everyone. You do have to provide the gui_rpc_auth.cfg password for each machine. But there is the nifty BoincToolbox and AddToGroup utility executables in the eFMer directory that seems to find all your clients pretty reliably if the main program doesn't do so on its own.

I just make the password the same on every machine. Makes it simple.
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Message 1898019 - Posted: 29 Oct 2017, 5:46:31 UTC - in response to Message 1898009.  

No, you only need to install it on one computer. As long as the other clients are on the same network subnet, it connects to everyone. You do have to provide the gui_rpc_auth.cfg password for each machine. But there is the nifty BoincToolbox and AddToGroup utility executables in the eFMer directory that seems to find all your clients pretty reliably if the main program doesn't do so on its own.

I just make the password the same on every machine. Makes it simple.


. . And you don't have a problem between Linux and Windows boxes?

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Message 1898029 - Posted: 29 Oct 2017, 7:25:21 UTC - in response to Message 1898019.  

No, it sees the Linux box too. I questioned that at first too but then I think it was Brent that said it works fine with Linux computers on the network and BoincTasks sees it fine. I can do everything on the Linux computer that I can on my Windows machines with BoincTasks.
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Message 1898053 - Posted: 29 Oct 2017, 10:46:40 UTC - in response to Message 1898019.  
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And you don't have a problem between Linux and Windows boxes?

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It can also see Raspberry Pi’s. The only difference with them and a regular Linux box is they don’t broadcast their name on the network so you need to give each Pi a fixed IP address and enter that IP address in BOINCtasks.

I run BOINCtasks on a windows laptop that doesn’t do any crunching but it can see/control the whole farm. I had a mix of Windows and Linux crunchers including Raspberry Pi’s and a couple of Parallella’s. The Parallella’s have gone and the windows machines became Linux crunchers.
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Message 1898063 - Posted: 29 Oct 2017, 13:28:38 UTC - in response to Message 1898029.  

BoincTasks also runs ON Linux using Wine. I found that out when my Windows box died an I went into BT withdrawals :(

A couple of quirks though.
- It complained about a language file not found when restarting, but copying the file to where it wanted it cured that.
- Reordering columns doesn't work right. This might be cured with config files, haven't looked yet.
- Not a quirk, but I renamed boinctasks.exe to BTasks.exe, so the scheduler app doesn't think BOINC Manager is running.

Other than that it works just fine, and I'm still using my Linux box more as my daily computer ... with suffering RAC mind you.
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