Posts by Velez's

1) Questions and Answers : Windows : Boinc Manager cannot connect to remote boinc client (Message 401897)
Posted 20 Aug 2006 by Profile Velez's
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Actually I figured it out (of course, right after I post my message).

Mea Culpa.

It seems that when I changed workgroups, it enabled the built-in Windows firewall (which I usually always have disabled because I use Norton Internet Security, myself). When I realized that, I disabled that firewall and it worked.

Michael
2) Questions and Answers : Windows : Boinc Manager cannot connect to remote boinc client (Message 401890)
Posted 20 Aug 2006 by Profile Velez's
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Hello all,

I have 3 machines running BOINC software: 1 linux and 2 windows XP. I set them all up to be able to connect remotely from the Boinc Manager on any machine to a client on any other machine. This used to work fine.

Unfortunately, I changed the workgroup on one of the machines temporarily, and when I changed it back to the original workgroup, I could not connect remotely to the BOINC client on that machine anymore. I can connect from the BOINC manager on that machine to both the local BOINC client and remote clients but I cannot connect from the BOINC manager on a remote machine to the BOINC client on that machine.

I thought it was the firewall settings which changed due to changing the workgroup but this occurs even when I disable the firewall.

It is not a password or remote_hosts.cfg issue. I checked that. That is fine and the configuration has not changed since the time it was working.

Does anybody have an idea as to what could have caused this? And as to why a TEMPORARY workgroup change could have caused this?

Thanks,
Michael
3) Message boards : Number crunching : In defense of Crunch3r (Message 324763)
Posted 3 Jun 2006 by Profile Velez's
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NB: This is a re-post of a reply in another thread. I started a new thread to show to crunch3r he has support. Anyone who wants to add, please do.

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Crunch3r has done so much and volunteered so much of his time optimizing applications and answering people's questions on this board that, even if he was suspected of cheating (WHICH I DO NOT THINK HE HAS DONE AT ALL), he should have gotten a courtesy call or e-mail.

Countless times have I said I need to uninstall/install this or that and have not had the time to get to it. I also have computers that I cannot reach but I can discontinue "work requests" at the click of a button since I have a web gui interface (I can access my intranet website through a VPN).

From what I gather (through Hans Dorn's explanation), there was a window where he could install 5.11 on machines (not in Beta) and not know he was doing something wrong (ROM's e-mail adds possibilities to that).

I even understand having 5.11 on his website as an old version because it was an old version. A purist would say if it was once offered, it should be acknowledged as an old version (which I would agree to and it seems Crunch3r does as well). Crunch3r even said there was a problem with it asking for too many credits. I saw it there and did not download it. If it is a problem for SETI@home then the SETI seniors should ask for it to be removed (which is what Crunch3r said in his post).

It is also possible he knew in the back of his mind that it was wrong but still didn't get around to it because, in any case, his result would be thrown out by the quorum. Nothing wrong with that (if end result is not affected).

All this seems to be a big misunderstanding. I cannot imagine that somebody who devotes a lot of time helping others would compromise his integrity by saying: YES, I WILL CHEAT. This does not mesh with all of Crunch3r's posts.

The SETI "powers that be" should step in (as ROM did) to defend this oversight (which is all it seems to be).

Michael
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Linux and Seti Enhanced (Message 319424)
Posted 28 May 2006 by Profile Velez's
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It seems the advantage of having a Linux machine over windows has disappeared with Seti Enhanced, especially with an optimized app.

I used to run Harold Naparst's optimized app for Linux and that would fly. But even the standard app was faster on Linux than Windows. Now, I have a feeling it may even be the opposite.

Has anyone else noticed this? Or am I wrong?
Michael

5) Message boards : Number crunching : Crunch 3r's optimized Linux x86_64 (Message 317390)
Posted 26 May 2006 by Profile Velez's
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Hi all,

I noticed on Crunch3r's website, there is an optimized enhanced application for x86_64. I seem to recall that, for the older setiathome, the 64-bit applications could run slower than the 32-bit applications even on 64-bit architecture.

Has anyone tested Crunch3r's 64-bit app on 64-bit architecture? Is there a gain over the 32-bit app?

Thanks,
Michael
6) Questions and Answers : Unix/Linux : Reached daily quota of 2 results (Message 233455)
Posted 19 Jan 2006 by Profile Velez's
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The BOINC client normally should stop the computing done by the SETI@home client when the host goes on battery. This is a function for Laptops, where computing a WU will drop down the runtime a lot. There is a option in the preferences to set it on or off, default is on. But it should not crash in this case.

Is it possible that your UPS configuration try to shut down all applications and kill the BOINC and SETI@home clients, braking the computation?


Thanks Jens for the quick response.

I don't have my host set up to shutdown applications when it switches to UPS. Actually, my UPS is not that sophisticated (I'm assuming I need an input signal other than the power supply to make the host understand I've switched to UPS).

I'm using RHEL 4 on a Dell i370 EM64T.

The rub is going to be that I'm using an optimized version of the boinc client (Harold Naparst's client) so I doubt Berkeley can do anything about it.

Since my UPS is not that sophisticated and am actually not running UPS software on my host, I guess it's just pure coincidence. I'll have to see whether this happens a third time but it seems puzzling to me that it could.

JV
7) Questions and Answers : Unix/Linux : Reached daily quota of 2 results (Message 233441)
Posted 19 Jan 2006 by Profile Velez's
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OK. Problem solved.

For people who end up in this thread looking for explanations:

I had an unexpected termination of the boinc client which subsequently caused unfinished workunits to be reported. This caused the server in Berkeley to reduce my quota to 2 a day. From that point on, every time I finished a work unit and reported good results with no communication/upload errors, the Berkeley SETI server doubled my quota. Fairly soon, I should be back to a normal quota again.

I only ended up losing a few hours of work, due to an abnormal occurrence. Patience was the key.

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The strange thing is that the client seems to have terminated when the power supply shifted to my UPS since we had a power outage. The linux machine did not lose power since it wasn't shut down. I noticed it once before that the shift to UPS killed my boinc client. Is that just coincidence?
[end edit]

JV
8) Questions and Answers : Unix/Linux : Reached daily quota of 2 results (Message 233431)
Posted 19 Jan 2006 by Profile Velez's
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Hello all,

All of a sudden on my linux machine, my entire cache disappeared and I got a message from the server saying:

Message from server: no work sent
Message from server: (reached daily quota of 2 results)
No work from project
Deferring communication with project for 23 hours, 43 minutes, and 2 seconds

I wake up this morning and I have two workunits running on my two CPUs and nothing in cache.

It seems the server thinks I am only allowed to do two workunits a day.

I did notice the boinc client had terminated all of a sudden. When I restarted, this started to occur.

Should I reinstall the boinc client? And why did this happen all of a sudden?

JV
9) Questions and Answers : Windows : Waiting for upload - all my ready WU have dissappered? (Message 212671)
Posted 13 Dec 2005 by Profile Velez's
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According to Technical News, back-end server processes are down for the night in California.

When everything is up and running again, you'll get your credits.

JV

10) Questions and Answers : Windows : Connecting to seti at home (Message 207792)
Posted 9 Dec 2005 by Profile Velez's
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Don't give up. Take a deep breath and relax and try again in a few days.

The servers have been having some problems lately which may or may not be affecting what you're doing. It's been difficult to upload/download seti@home workunits lately. There may be repercussions on other things as servers get shifted around, I have no idea.

What I do know is that the boinc version is better than the Classic version once you get used to it. And I had no problems whatsoever setting up on my two XP machines, as well as my Linux machine. That's why I suggest you try again when all is running smoothly.

Scientific progress always entails some hiccups.

Don't leave.

JV
11) Questions and Answers : Windows : Removing names from the "Select Computer" drop-down list (Message 191504)
Posted 21 Nov 2005 by Profile Velez's
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Thanks. I figured it was in the registry. I just didn't know where.

Would you happen to know where I do that for a Linux machine as well? (I know I should probably post this one in the Linux section but since I started this thread here, I figured I would try here first).

JV
12) Questions and Answers : Windows : Removing names from the "Select Computer" drop-down list (Message 190767)
Posted 19 Nov 2005 by Profile Velez's
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Is there a way to remove machine names from the "File-->Select Computer" drop-down list in boinc manager?

I was testing the remote management capability and successively typed in machine names, IP addresses, and incorrect machine names.

Now, I would like to clear that list, so I can then only type in the correct machine names.

Thanks,
JV
13) Questions and Answers : Windows : New Interface Sucks (Message 189515)
Posted 16 Nov 2005 by Profile Velez's
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I agree with Barbarossa. www.boincstats.com is great! I use it all the time.

You can have rankings by total credit, credit/day, recent average credit etc. Do a search on your exact name. Then if you click on the Details icon on the right of your information line, you can get stats by your country, sign-up date, and more.

Admittedly, boinc seems a little harder to use in the beginning but, take it from me, once you get used to it, it's a lot better than the classic and you can participate in many projects at the same time.

Don't knock it, this is scientific progress.

JV

14) Questions and Answers : Windows : boi nc service without a password (Message 189494)
Posted 16 Nov 2005 by Profile Velez's
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Ken,

That's exactly what I wanted. Thanks.

I know it's not nice to have blank passwords but I'm not worried about any internal threats and remote desktop is disabled for accounts with blank passwords, to deal with external threats. In any case, I've disabled remote desktop altogether. If a hacker can get around that feature, I would assume they can slowly work their way around a password, as well (I know, am I crazy!?!?).

I monitor my systems fairly closely. If I do see something in the future, I guess I'll consider adding the password back. But I haven't had any issue over the past few years.

Thanks,
JV
15) Questions and Answers : Windows : boi nc service without a password (Message 189381)
Posted 16 Nov 2005 by Profile Velez's
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- The password for the service you installed. It is not needed by other users. The service even starts up witout anybody being logged in. Just leave it as it is.

:-)= Greybeard


Actually, this is the password I want to remove. I understand a user does not need to be logged in.

I may have done something wrong at install; however, when I installed the boinc service, logged in as the Computer Administrator on my windows XP, I could not get the service to install if the password I used at install did not match the Windows XP password of the Computer Administrator account. I actually set a password for the Computer Administrator account in order to do the boinc service install.

However, for many different reasons, I do not want a password on the Computer Adminstrator account (which is the only account on the machine): I have a home network in which I share directories from a variety of XP machines to a Linux machine and vice versa; I also want the account to login automatically when my XP machine boots (to start other applications and monitoring reasons and so forth).

When I remove the Computer Administrator password, boinc won't start as a service. So, I'm thinking there is a config file where this password is located in boinc's service install files somewhere.

I'm wondering whether I can just tweak that file so I can remove the XP password.

JV
16) Questions and Answers : Windows : boi nc service without a password (Message 189180)
Posted 15 Nov 2005 by Profile Velez's
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Hello all,

I installed the boinc service after adding a password to the user account since the boinc service setup would not allow the password field to be blank.

Now, I would like to remove the password for the windows user. But if I do that, the boinc service does not start when I type 'net start boinc'.

Is there a configuration file i can manually edit that will tell the boinc service there is no password on this account?

Thanks,
JV
17) Questions and Answers : Windows : Starting boinc as a service (Message 187830)
Posted 11 Nov 2005 by Profile Velez's
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Problem solved.

I set a password on this computer in order to install boinc as a service, and I needed to reboot the computer before the password took effect.

JV
18) Questions and Answers : Windows : Starting boinc as a service (Message 187824)
Posted 11 Nov 2005 by Profile Velez's
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When I try to install boinc as a service, I get the following error message:

Error 1920. Service BOINC (BOINC) failed to start. Verify that you have sufficient privileges to start system services.

I am the computer administrator on this computer so I assume I do have those privileges. Is there something else I need to do first?

JV
19) Questions and Answers : Unix/Linux : Linking to a website (Message 184788)
Posted 1 Nov 2005 by Profile Velez's
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Thanks for the two responses.

I first tried to update the BROWSER variable in /etc/environment. I tried with many different values for the variable (including the one that was given in the response, 'firefox', and '/usr/bin/firefox'). It did not work on RHEL.

I then upgraded to boinc 5.2.5 and it works.

Thanks for the help,
JV
20) Questions and Answers : Unix/Linux : Linking to a website (Message 184075)
Posted 30 Oct 2005 by Profile Velez's
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I cannot seem to get into any of the web sites listed in the Projects tab of boincmgr 4.43 (running Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 4).

I've looked at the mime.types file and mailcap. Associations for html and htm are there.

Does anybody know how to get around this issue?

Thanks,
JV




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