It appears BOINC w/ CUDA requires X to be running first (revised).

Steffen Möller steffen_moeller at
Sun Jul 25 10:57:31 UTC 2010

On 07/24/2010 09:57 PM, René Mayorga wrote:
> Hi and sorry to move the dust from this old-thread.
> On Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 01:43:10PM +0200, Steffen Moeller wrote:
>> In a way, to follow any of my previous suggestions would be a waste of
>> time. We should investigate a way to have BOINC performing what it
>> should perform. 
> Well, we can keep the idea to Suggest CUDA things from non-free, this might
> solve some problems.
>> If BOINC as a consequence can no longer stay in main but
>> would need to move to contrib, then so be it (IMHO). Maybe we could
>> somehow persuade upstream to prepare a CUDA module for the BOINC client
>> which would then go into non-free.
> I did not find any clean way to archive this, because here the problem is not
> only the availability of CUDA libs, the main problem that some users are having
> is that boinc deamon is loaded before their X session manager(gdm, kdm, etc), I
> I did have some thought on this subject while a go, and did not find any reasonable solution,
> we can not depend on the init script on any of this services, because if we do
> that, we will need to declare this as a Depends:, and some user will might not
> have any interesting in using a full X environment to run boinc.

I think we'd need a separate pacakge boinc-client-cuda that then would
have those extra dependencies and depends on boinc-client or we'd have to introduce
some boinc-client-common.



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