Bug#720849: boinc-manager: Can't connect to boinc-client due to empty password in gui_rpc_auth.cfg

Julien Palard julien at palard.fr
Sun Aug 25 15:59:20 UTC 2013

Package: boinc-manager
Version: 7.2.7+dfsg-1
Severity: important

While installing boinc-manager, the file /etc/boinc-client/gui_rpc_auth.cfg
is created empty. While starting boinc-manager without parameters, it gives
"Retrieving current status" and then "Unable to connect to the core client".

This message does not help the user to understand that the problem is
that he didn't gave a password in /etc/boinc-client/gui_rpc_auth.cfg
and that this password should be given to boincmgr using the -p

I think the message "Unable to connect to the core client" may be more
verbose about the potentials problems and solutions (client offline,
wrong password, unconfigured password, ....).

And I think the fact that user have to put a password in
gui_rpc_auth.cfg, the format used by the file, etc should be
documented (I searched and didn't find any documentation about this,
if it's actually documented, documentation is too hard to find for a
normal user).

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 7.1
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable'), (500, 'oldstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.13-grsec-xxxx-grs-ipv6-64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

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