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Message 1889482 - Posted: 13 Sep 2017, 7:29:18 UTC

BOINC manager is advising a new version 7.8.2 is available.

I guess downloading and updating is straight forward, but I have a few questions before I do this:

1) Will exisiing work in progress be resumed or should I let active jobs finish?

2) Will the work unit cache be kept?

3) Will I need to reinstall all optimisation things like lunatics, app_config files etc.

4) Will the Statistics graphs in BOINC manager be reset?

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Message 1889490 - Posted: 13 Sep 2017, 9:36:40 UTC

Updates of BOINC do not generally affect the running applications, so, unless it says specifically in the "readme", or on the website, there is no need to run down your cache.
Running tasks will resume normally when the update is completed.
Your cache will be maintained at its current state.
No need to re-install anything.
Statistics should be maintained.
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Message 1889539 - Posted: 13 Sep 2017, 15:43:30 UTC

What an update of BOINC does is remove the BOINC programs from the BOINC Programs directory (default at C:\Program Files\BOINC) and put the new files from the installer there. It doesn't remove or even touch anything in the BOINC Data directory (default at C:\Programdata\BOINC). I'm underlining the directories to show that they are different. All of your work, your statistics, your science applications and so fort are kept in the data directory.

But I'd hesitate to tell you to use BOINC 7.8.2, because it has quite a lot of bugs and the release manager only released it because he wanted rid of it. I'd say to ignore the message about the newer version and to stay on 7.6.33 for now. Unless you're running a project that uses Docker that has problems downloading large files, it's not really required anyway.
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Message 1889602 - Posted: 13 Sep 2017, 20:11:54 UTC
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Thanks for the confirmation that the data files are not affected by an upgrade. Although for this specific upgrade I will think I will give it a miss.

Is there a version of SETI@home that uses a virtual machine / docker container?
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Message 1889606 - Posted: 13 Sep 2017, 20:26:18 UTC - in response to Message 1889602.  

Is there a version of SETI@home that uses a virtual machine / docker container?
No. As far as I know, the only project that uses docker containers at the moment is Cosmology@Home.
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Message 1889752 - Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 15:14:24 UTC

While we're here, what are the release notes in the new version? The wiki or release notes link are only showing info for the older versions.
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Message 1889763 - Posted: 14 Sep 2017, 16:11:06 UTC - in response to Message 1889752.  

I don't know. I asked the release manager and he hopes someone else will do them. So it's anyone's guess.
I have an unofficial change log thread over on the BOINC forums: https://boinc.berkeley.edu/dev/forum_thread.php?id=11539 but we're not sure all those changes between 7.6.33 and 7.7.2 and BOINC 7.8.0 are in there. Only the release manager knows, and he won't tell.
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