IRC logs of #boinc for Sunday, 2012-09-02

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14:38 <yoyo[RKN]> moin

14:39 <yoyo[RKN]> have a problem running Boinc in Ubuntu 12 64bit

14:40 <yoyo[RKN]> boincmgr doesn't find

14:42 <MasterBob> did you install via apt-get?

14:43 <yoyo[RKN]> no, don't know how

14:44 <MasterBob> How did you install it?

14:44 <yoyo[RKN]> just downloaded the latest boinc client from berkeley and installed it

14:47 <MasterBob> Is there a particular reason you grabbed it manually instead of going via the package manager?

14:48 <yoyo[RKN]> don't know how to use the package manager :(

14:49 <MasterBob> , you want to use that hence forth to download and install programs

14:49 <Romulus> Title: SynapticHowto - Community Ubuntu Documentation (at

14:50 <MasterBob> To fix the current install you need to install the proper dependencies for boinc

14:51 <MasterBob> Ideally, you are gonna want to uninstall the BOINC you downloaded. and then install BOINC via the package manager

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14:52 <yoyo[RKN]> synaptics isn't found on the command line

14:52 <MasterBob> oh, if you are doing it via the command line it's apt-get

14:53 <MasterBob> use apt-cache is the complement

14:53 <MasterBob> yoyo[RKN]: I'd ask for some help in #ubuntu

14:58 <yoyo[RKN]> ah

14:58 <yoyo[RKN]> apt-get install boinc shows the dependencies

14:58 <MasterBob> it'll also install boinc though

14:58 <MasterBob> unless you select no

14:59 <MasterBob> I think

15:06 <yoyo[RKN]> ok, installed it, is the same version

15:11 <MasterBob> it's not about it being the same version, it's more that if you install BOINC via the *.sh script Berkley provides, and then install BOINC via your package manager...which version are you running? If they both install to the same location, than it doesn't matter (earliest will overwrite), but if it's a different location....

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19:43 <PovAddict> [15:40] <yoyo[RKN]> boincmgr doesn't find

19:43 <PovAddict> yoyo[RKN]: try apt-file search

19:43 <PovAddict> yoyo[RKN]: if you don't have apt-file, you should :3

19:44 <PovAddict> yoyo[RKN]: but yea, installing boinc from the package manager is best

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20:49 <PovAddict> hm

20:49 <PovAddict> not sure what to think about non-CPU-intensive BOINC projects

20:50 <PovAddict> they seem to be using BOINC as just a means to get code running on users' systems

21:09 <MasterBob> PovAddict: who is that?

21:10 <PovAddict> ?

21:10 <MasterBob> Who is using BOINC as a means to get code running on users' systems?

21:10 <PovAddict> well, technically everybody :P

21:11 <MasterBob> good point.

21:12 <PovAddict> but in the specific case of non-CPU-intensive projects like Quake Catcher Network, they don't really use most of the functionality BOINC provides

21:13 <MasterBob> oh, Earthquake...for a second I was wonder what that had to do with Quake (the video game)

21:14 <MasterBob> How could they use it more effectively?

21:16 <efc> is that the one where they use accelerometers?

21:17 <PovAddict> efc: yes

21:18 <efc> Yeah, for something like that, it seems easier to roll your own than use BOINC

21:18 <PovAddict> efc: and there's which seems to be technically similar

21:18 <Romulus> Title: Radioactive@Home - Open Science for the future (at

21:18 <PovAddict> (though totally different in purpose)

21:18 <efc> another one I like is strikestar, lightning detector network, all proprietary software/hardware

21:19 <PovAddict> perhaps a single controlling software would be nice

21:19 <PovAddict> to do things like uploading in a single batch, not need a dozen independent daemons with their own GUIs, etc

21:20 <PovAddict> but I don't see BOINC fitting that role

21:20 <PovAddict> there isn't much sense of a "workunit" here

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21:46 <MasterBob> I agree. It seems more of a distributed network, than distributed computing.

22:07 <MasterBob> But you can't deny they are making good use of the software, even if it is in a manner not necessarily the way intended.

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