What does 'in use' entail on a headless server

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Message 1997776 - Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 9:38:16 UTC

I own an array of servers which i have do BOINC crunching when theyre down at night, after running backups and before the users get back online i have several hours.

I prefer to have the preferences centralized in a web interface, i like to do mostly SETI but i do have a BAM! account to manage my systems too. What i want to know is what most of the functions do in the case of a headless server that does not ever have a screen, mouse or keyboard attached. I cant seem to find good documentation of what the work preferences do in this case.

Could anyone point me in the right direction?

It would also be useful if there is a way to find out what preferences are currently being used, such as a print preferences function, and where boinc as gotten these instructions from. Again, i'm sure it exists, i just don't know where to look.

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Message 2010714 - Posted: 5 Sep 2019, 5:20:21 UTC - in response to Message 1997776.  

It would also be useful if there is a way to find out what preferences are currently being used, such as a print preferences function, and where boinc as gotten these instructions from.
boinccmd --get_state
will show you a whole bunch of information on the current state of BOINC and the projects on that particular machine. There are a number of other "--get_something" options to boinccmd to show different things. I don't think there's a way to make it show you which config file it's getting each particular setting from, though.

Assuming you have a Web server on these machines, you could put something like
boinccmd --get_state >/var/www/html/boinc.txt
in a cron job to run every 5 minutes (or whatever), whenever you have BOINC running. Then, you could visit http://yourbox/boinc.txt to see the current status.

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