Why are there suddenly BOINC-related Unix/Terminal apps in my Mac's Dock?

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Message 1861239 - Posted: 13 Apr 2017, 16:31:41 UTC

As of Apr 12, I noticed 4 apps running at the bottom of my applications list in my iMac's Dock that all have Terminal "exec" icons. Hovering over them, all 4 are labelled "setigraphics_8.03_x86_64-apple-darwin". There's no option to quit any of them, only force quit which does nothing. The contextual menu displays "Application not responding". I can't drag them out of the Dock either and none of them shows up in Activity Monitor.

A Unix Executable File with the name "setigraphics_8.03_x86_64-apple-darwin" is in User > Library > Application Support > BOINC Data > Projects > setiathome.berkeley.edu. I did not run this file on my own and am not sure why it's appearing as 4 separate non-responsive apps in my Dock. I searched the forums for this but found no threads.

On my 27" iMac (mid-2011 2.7 GHz core i5) under MacOS 10.10.5 Yosemite, I believe I was running BOINC version 7.6.22 but just updated to 7.6.34. Running it after the install didn't halt those Unix files from running.

The unresponsive scripts forced me to do a hard reboot, the restart would hang. After booting up, none of the Unix files appeared in my doc. However, not long afterwards, I noticed 2 of them in my Dock since screensaver had been running. Hours later, there were 4 again.

As of last night, I left my Mac running and the SETI screensaver was going. I returned home to find 10 (count 'em, 10) unresponsive Unix files at the bottom of my Dock. I switched to another screensaver overnight and found the number remained at 10 this morning.

Any idea what's causing this?
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Message 1861315 - Posted: 13 Apr 2017, 22:33:45 UTC - in response to Message 1861239.  

I've posted an update in your thread on the BOINC forums. Sorry again for the bad news.
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Message 1861352 - Posted: 14 Apr 2017, 3:13:01 UTC - in response to Message 1861315.  

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Message 1870837 - Posted: 3 Jun 2017, 4:45:47 UTC

In case this is helpful to someone else, the issue I described is no longer happening since upgrading from Mavericks to Sierra 10.12.5. Possibly related to running the latest BOINC 7.6.34 under the most recent version of Mavericks only?
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