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Arch Wiki -- Boinc -- mistake ???

Today, 09:16 AM

Posted by abarbarian in Bruno's All Things Linux
So I decided to set up BOINC on me Arch. Of I went to the wiki and followed the instructions.

Seemed simple enough.

Install the boinc program.

Create a boinc group.

Add meself to the boinc group. The wiki gives this command which I do not fully understand.

# usermod -a -G boinc $(whoami)

It is the last part I do not recognise. So I used a different method.

Start the boinc.service.

So far so good. I checked that I had done all the initial set up, made the group,added members to the group and checked the service was running.

Not being a geek I wanted to use the gui option so followed the wiki as below,

$ cd ~/
$ ln -s /var/lib/boinc/gui_rpc_auth.cfg gui_rpc_auth.cfg
# chmod 640 gui_rpc_auth.cfg

Which does not work.
It creates a symlink which does not work and you can not alter the permissions to make it work. So is the wiki is wrong or am I missing something.

To get boinc working after the initial set up phase I did ,

# cd /var/lib/boinc

# cp gui_rpc_auth.cfg /home/youruser

# cd /home/youruser

# chmod 440 gui_rpc_auth.cfg

# ls -l gui_rpc_auth.cfg

-r--r----- 1 boinc boinc 32 Jul 20 13:04 gui_rpc_auth.cfg

That got me a working gui and boinc is running and producing results.

I do not want boinc running at full speed or at the default of 60% so I made some changes,


To set cpu usage to less than the default 60% you need to alter " /var/lib/boinc/global_prefs.xml"

Both sections "global prefferences" and "venue name="home". I set mine to


I also did this

# systemctl enable boinc

Which makes boinc run when I boot the pc. I have turned the pc of and on twice and boinc starts and runs without any intervention so it looks like I have a automatically working boinc.

So I have a boinc that sort of works but I have questions.

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As you can see above the "gui_rpc_auth.cfg" in /var/lib/boinc is set at 600. I set the copied file in my home to 440. I could not see why the file neede to be changed so I made it read only.

Does the file need to have write permissions ?

Boinc starts when I boot and runs. Only for so long , every now and againg it stops and tells me "Suspended comptuer not in use"  which is ridiculous as I am working on the pc. I can start it again with "systemctl start boinc" but that is not ideal. When boinc stops I have left it to see if it will restart but as far as I can tell it does not.

What can I do to keep boinc running ?

Lastly and this is not important but it is puzling. When I first got the gui up  viewing the "advanced view" looking at the "disk" tab I had a graphic showing. Now the graphic has disappeared.

Where has the graphic gone and can I get it back ?

Any comments or help would be most welcome.


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Today, 08:39 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

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Today, 06:00 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

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