[Bug 1260990] Re: boinc-manager needs /var/lib/boinc-client to launch

MestreLion launchpad at rodrigosilva.com
Sat Dec 14 19:00:16 UTC 2013

Manually creating a /var/lib/boinc-client dir solves the bug, but if
this is done by the package itself  at install I wonder if apt will see
this as a conflict with the boinc-client package, since both would
create (and thus "own", apt-wise) the same dir.

Also, in boinc-client this dir is owned by a "boinc:boinc" user and
group, so boinc-manager would probably have to mimic that too, which may
lead to more conflicts.

Does anyone know how apt deals with packages that creates the same
users, groups and dirs? A clumsy solution would be to create a "boinc-
common" base package  that creates this "infrastructure", and set both
boinc-client and boinc-manager to depend on that.

Another completely different approach, and perhaps a better solution: if
the problem is only the .desktop file that contains a Path= entry
pointing to an nonexisting dir, what if instead of a Path= entry we use
boincmgr --datadir /var/lib/boinc-client in the Exec= entry? Gnome/Unity
would not complain anymore, but would boincmgr complain if we use a
nonexisting dir as datadir? Would it (a) bork (b) create the dir or (c)
work just fine ? If (c), then problem solved. (b) is fine, as long as it
doesn't conflict if/when boinc-client is installed later (will it change
the ownership to boinc:boinc?). But, if (a), we have a problem :P

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