Bug#588976: boinc-client: Enable ATI Stream Support

René Mayorga rmayorga at debian.org
Fri Jul 30 02:07:52 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 11:15:08AM +0200, Steffen Möller wrote:
> Hello,

Hi, I'm removing BTS and Achim from the thread.

> On 07/26/2010 10:26 PM, Achim Schaefer wrote:
> > On Saturday 24 July 2010 21:42:17 René Mayorga wrote:
> >   
> >>>
> >>> Please provide a version with ATI Steam support.
> >>>       
> >> BTW, we are not removing any ATI suppport from 6.10.17 and 6.10.58, I guest
> >> that you might only need to put your non-free ATI's libs in the correct
> >> $PATH.
> >>     
> >  
> > Yes I think I found the same-)
> >
> > I asume the bigest issue here are the libs itself.
> > As far as I could see they connect to the X Server.
> > So when running as the user which is running the XServer they can easily 
> > connect. But as user boinc, they don't have access to X, and so they report an 
> > "error" situation, no amd gpu found.
> >
> > If I'm right, this is something only amd could solve. ( Or we get a open 
> > source driver with support for ati stream or openCL.
> > But clearly no debian package issue.
> >   
> let us just dream ahead a bit. What if one could specify the username
> under which the boinc machinery should run? We could then have it set
> to the user that is commonly running X. Or should it all run as root?
> Well, the latter maybe less appropriate.

Indeed, having boinc run as root is an awful idea, having $RANDOM apps being able
to auto-install and execute is not a good idea.

Just shooting an idea here, how about if we provide yet another package that
mess up with policy and change some configuration from boinc, asking question to
the user and then modify some stuffs to help up the ATI/CUDA users, this package 
can also be able to download the correct libs(ATI/CUDA) and it can be go on
non-free/contrib/wherever ?



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