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Message 1832003 - Posted: 23 Nov 2016, 9:57:17 UTC

I'm trying to attach a new Linux system to my existing seti@home account. All seems well until I get the error message as shown above. I then looked in my other two Linux systems and found the same message in the status from:

systemctl status boing-client

boinc-client.service - Berkeley Open Infrastructure Network Computing Client
Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/boinc-client.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
Active: active (running) since Sun 2016-11-20 10:19:16 GMT; 2 days ago
Process: 782 ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/chown boinc:boinc /var/log/boinc.log /var/log/boincerr.log (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
Process: 738 ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/touch /var/log/boinc.log /var/log/boincerr.log (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
Process: 698 ExecStartPre=/bin/sleep 1 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
Main PID: 835 (boinc)
CGroup: /system.slice/boinc-client.service
835 /usr/bin/boinc --dir /var/lib/boinc
10619 ../../projects/setiathome.berkeley.edu/setiathome_8.00_x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
12141 ../../projects/setiathome.berkeley.edu/setiathome_8.00_x86_64-pc-linux-gnu

Nov 23 08:15:30 boinc-server boinc[835]: 23-Nov-2016 08:15:30 [SETI@home] Sending scheduler request: To report completed tasks.
Nov 23 08:15:30 boinc-server boinc[835]: 23-Nov-2016 08:15:30 [SETI@home] Reporting 3 completed tasks
Nov 23 08:15:30 boinc-server boinc[835]: 23-Nov-2016 08:15:30 [SETI@home] Requesting new tasks for CPU
Nov 23 08:15:33 boinc-server boinc[835]: 23-Nov-2016 08:15:33 [SETI@home] Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
Nov 23 08:15:33 boinc-server boinc[835]: 23-Nov-2016 08:15:33 [SETI@home] Invalid or missing account key. To fix, remove and add this project.
Nov 23 09:15:36 boinc-server boinc[835]: 23-Nov-2016 09:15:36 [SETI@home] Sending scheduler request: To report completed tasks.
Nov 23 09:15:36 boinc-server boinc[835]: 23-Nov-2016 09:15:36 [SETI@home] Reporting 3 completed tasks
Nov 23 09:15:36 boinc-server boinc[835]: 23-Nov-2016 09:15:36 [SETI@home] Requesting new tasks for CPU
Nov 23 09:15:39 boinc-server boinc[835]: 23-Nov-2016 09:15:39 [SETI@home] Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
Nov 23 09:15:39 boinc-server boinc[835]: 23-Nov-2016 09:15:39 [SETI@home] Invalid or missing account key. To fix, remove and add this project.

I haven't had cause to look at the status of boing-client recently so I've no idea how long this has been going on. A search on Google turns up a few similar problems but no solutions. A search of this forum didn't show any others having this problem. Is this a new 'feature'? :-)

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Message 1832282 - Posted: 24 Nov 2016, 23:44:03 UTC - in response to Message 1832003.  

OK, solved this problem -

I didn't realise that when I changed the password for my account SETI@home automatically updated the account key. I stumbled on this by accident and had a Eureka moment.

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Message 1832339 - Posted: 25 Nov 2016, 7:56:43 UTC - in response to Message 1832282.  

The account key is a unique key linked to your account, it doesn't get changed on a password change.

The weak account key does change on a password change, just as it says on the description of account keys.

That's because this key is weaker than the normal account key, and using it one can only connect to the account, but not change it in any way. There's also no secret hash that the key can be broken into that shows what the strong account key is. The weak account key is based on the account ID you have at the project.
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