Version 7.16.11 of the BOINC client software has been released for Mac OS and Windows.
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Gianfranco has also pushed the 7.16.11 into buster-backports for those of you running Debian.I've updated some of my hosts using this ppa. After the update I got the following error message:
gui_rpc_auth.cfg exist but can't be read. Check the file permissions.The owner is changed to root, the group is boinc, and the access rights were
rw- r-- ---I've changed the owner to boinc, and the access rights to
rw- rw- r--After that on some of my updated hosts I've received another error message:
invalid client PRC password. Try reinstalling BOINC.To my surprise the
/etc/boinc-client/gui_rpc_auth.cfgfile was empty on these hosts. I fixed this error by editing this file, putting a random 32-digit hex number in it.
After all of the above, the BOINC manager executable gets stuck on two of my hosts when I exit the GUI, and I can't relaunch it until I kill the stucked boincmgr.
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Yes, the new client has a change that does not allow an empty gui_rpc_auth.cfg file anymore.
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To get around the permissions problem of accessing gui_rpc_auth.cfg with the new client and return the client and manager to somewhat the same behavior as previous versions you need to add a new file with a pointer to the data directory.
.. so after some research, this happens due to these changes merged in March: https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/pull/3709
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