Bug#753763: add user to boinc in order to see the graphics?

GUO Yixuan culu.gyx at gmail.com
Fri May 8 17:30:16 UTC 2015

Hi Gianfranco,

On Tue, May 05, 2015 at 08:43:22AM +0000, Gianfranco Costamagna wrote:
> Hi Moritz,
> >Is there something wrong/dangerous about simply entering the boinc group?
> no, but what does happen if the system has a new user? who takes care of adding him to the boinc group?
> this solution seems unfeasible in the long run...
> (maybe unix already have a solution I'm not aware of)
> cheers,
> G.

Thank you for finding out that "adduser me boinc" fixes this! But why
this problem doesn't exist before? Some recent permission changes on

This solution (requiring a user to be in the boinc group) is not so
problematic. It's just similar to the cdrom/floppy/... groups, where
debian-installer adds the first (non-root) user to those groups, and
other group management task is up to the system admin.

Two concerns here:
- Security? when a user is in the boinc group, he/she is considered as
  an admin for the boinc daemon, and should be able to do whatever
  he/she wants with boinc. Thus no problem here.

- UI? Instead of crashing badly, there should be an error message about
  not being in the boinc group. (I don't know if upstream supports


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