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

Gianfranco Costamagna costamagnagianfranco at yahoo.it
Mon Aug 26 08:12:46 UTC 2013

Also passing --dir /etc/boinc-client to boincmgr should do the trick


----- Messaggio originale -----
> Da: MestreLion <launchpad at rodrigosilva.com>
> A: Julien Palard <julien at palard.fr>; 720849 at bugs.debian.org
> Cc: 
> Inviato: Domenica 25 Agosto 2013 21:28
> Oggetto: Bug#720849: boinc-manager: Can't connect to boinc-client due to empty password in gui_rpc_auth.cfg
> At 12:59 25/08/2013, you wrote:
>> 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
>> argument.
> /etc/boinc-client/gui_rpc_auth.cfg is created empty because authorization is 
> not required for local access (ie, managing a boinc client running in 
> localhost).
> It is only required for remote access (ie, someone else accessing your boinc 
> client).
> And remote access is also disabled by default.
> So most likely your issue is not related to gui_rpc_auth.cfg, unless you're 
> trying
> to acesss your boinc client from another computer. I suspect it can be the 
> current
> directoy: boincmgr must run from the boinc data directory 
> (/var/lib/boinc-client)
> so it can find the all config and state files of current boinc instance.
> Also, The "-p" option is available via GUI: In Advanced view, go to 
> "Advanced"
> -> "Select Computer", where you can provide hostname and password 
> of the boinc instance
> you're trying to access.
>> 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).
> You only have to put a password if you're trying remote access. As for
> documentation, the very first google hit for "boinc remote access" 
> leads to:
> http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Controlling_BOINC_remotely
> And for "gui_rpc_auth.cfg" leads to:
> http://boinc.berkeley.edu/trac/wiki/RpcAuth
> `man boinccmd` also briefly mentions gui_rpc_auth.cfg and its role, and 
> `man boinc` suggests http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Client_configuration 
> which has related info.
> ML 
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