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Message 2004778 - Posted: 29 Jul 2019, 16:09:57 UTC

Hi all-

I recently updated my system and moved to Linux from Win10. I am now running Linux Mint 19.1. All is going well for the most part, but i am having a bunch of issues with getting Boinc / Seti@Home working.

When i first installed it, all went well, and it seemed to work, and did some number crunching. My stats updated accordingly so i know it was working. However, at some point the Boinc Manager got turned off. I tried to re-open it from the menu but that doesn't work. It seems that i can only open Boinc manager through sudo boincmgr in terminal due to permissions issues.

But even opening the Boinc Manager in this way, i can't connect to a project. I try to select the computer, but it is always disconnected, no matter whether i try localhost, my username, and so on.

So right now i'm stuck and i don't think anything is running. How can i fix this? Ideally, i want to run it like i did on Windows. That is, i want to be able to start / stop it whenever i want to, open and close the manager when i want to, and not use a command line to do it.

And ultimately, i'd like to have the graphical component as my screensaver again, but first things first...

Hope someone out there can help me sort this out. Please note that i am somewhat of a linux novice, so extra details are always helpful. Thanks in advance!


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Message 2004779 - Posted: 29 Jul 2019, 16:17:51 UTC - in response to Message 2004778.  
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you need to stop and restart the client.

a reboot of the system should do that, but you can also do it with the following command

sudo /etc/init.d/boinc-client restart

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Stop_or_start_BOINC_daemon_after_boot
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Message 2004782 - Posted: 29 Jul 2019, 16:47:52 UTC - in response to Message 2004779.  
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Thanks. I have tried the service restart command, and it says it is restarting. I checked status as well, and it appears up but is not connected to any projects. So I still have the same issue. I can only start the Manager through a sudo boincmgr call (not through the menu), and even when i do that, it still won't connect to any computers. Anything else i can try?

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Message 2004790 - Posted: 29 Jul 2019, 18:19:18 UTC

Sounds like a problem with the password not matching between the client and the manager. Delete the gui_rpc_auth.cfg file in /var/lib/boinc-client and then reboot the computer.
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Message 2004846 - Posted: 30 Jul 2019, 1:59:15 UTC - in response to Message 2004778.  

I have this same problem from time-to-time. Here is what works for me.

if you are running the repository version.....look for two files in your home directory:
'.BOINC Manager'
'BOINC Manager-<user>'

<user> is your Linux username. In my case, it looks like 'BOINC Manager-matt'. Delete both of these files. Boinc Manager should startup from the menu again if it is the same issue I see. When it starts up, it will be back in standard mode, but all your account and project info should still be in place.
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Message 2004849 - Posted: 30 Jul 2019, 2:34:58 UTC - in response to Message 2004846.  

I have this same problem from time-to-time. Here is what works for me.

if you are running the repository version.....look for two files in your home directory:
'.BOINC Manager'
'BOINC Manager-<user>'

<user> is your Linux username. In my case, it looks like 'BOINC Manager-matt'. Delete both of these files. Boinc Manager should startup from the menu again if it is the same issue I see. When it starts up, it will be back in standard mode, but all your account and project info should still be in place.

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Message 2005024 - Posted: 31 Jul 2019, 14:51:16 UTC - in response to Message 2004790.  
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Sounds like a problem with the password not matching between the client and the manager. Delete the gui_rpc_auth.cfg file in /var/lib/boinc-client and then reboot the computer.


This seems to have worked. I had to reconnect as a new machine and then merge it with the previous, but now everything seems fine. I can open the manager through the menu now. For some reason, when i have the Manager open it appears twice in the panel- one with open programs, and another alongside the other applets. This is a bit weird, but at least it's working.

So hopefully next time i restart it will continue this behavior I guess the next step then is getting it to work as a screensaver. I will save that for another thread.

Thanks to all for the help and input. I'll keep this handy should it go down again.


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