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Message 29167 - Posted: 5 Jun 2007, 22:19:59 UTC

I don\'t actively monitor every system very closely, so I need the system to send me an email when failures occur, such as \"client error\" status on a work unit.
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Message 29190 - Posted: 7 Jun 2007, 17:21:26 UTC

Hi Larry

I can see why a notification email would be useful to you, but I can\'t think of any way to make boinc do it.

I\'m not sure whether this would be feasible or not. I wonder what would happen if some projects wanted the feature but some didn\'t. I know that a number of members have workunits running on computers they don\'t see every day, or even every week. What do others think?
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Message 29191 - Posted: 7 Jun 2007, 19:18:53 UTC

BOINC itself is pretty programmable, if the features are there. You can turn on and off most of the features you want.

So, this would be a BOINC reprogramming issue. There is a BOINC maillist, and forums that are good for these types of suggestions.

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Message 29192 - Posted: 7 Jun 2007, 22:04:50 UTC
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Hi PoohBear

If after a couple of days nobody states any major objections here, I may post the idea on the boinc_dev forum. If nobody there comes up with big objections either, I could complete a Boinc Trac ticket to see what the developers think.

I think we\'re now being encouraged to make new suggestions through Trac tickets rather than through the mailing list. Maybe it\'s Kathryn who then allocates each ticket to a developer.

I\'m sure some of the \'absentee farmers\' would welcome the chance to have a bit more control over WU progress on computers that are physically remote. Perhaps this matters more for members running long WUs like cpdn.
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Message 29193 - Posted: 7 Jun 2007, 23:31:52 UTC

My suggestion would be that it goes in your private box on BOINC (which is available already in new version, if you log into SETI). As they fix that, people can get notifications to their personal e-mail box, and read the information online, where it does them the most good.

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Message 29195 - Posted: 8 Jun 2007, 2:36:23 UTC
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I think you mean the posters\' private messages box on the project forum? The forum software here already supports it as far as I know, but Milo\'s waiting to see how discussions about boinc PMs pan out on other project forums. Rytis is still perfecting at least one add-on for the facility, so I imagine that Milo will wait a while before deciding whether to implement PMs here.

(I hope I haven\'t let any cats out of bags here, but it must by now be an open secret that the boinc forums are, one after another, implementing a new rather rudimentary PM facility. The much more sophisticated PM facility on the independent cpdn forum has of course always been available to all of us. Find it through my sig.)
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Message 29198 - Posted: 8 Jun 2007, 17:38:23 UTC

With the boinccmd tool, it is posible to connect to the BOINC client and verify the status of the WUs and running tasks, etc. So I think, with a little shell skript, it is posible to monitor the BOINC client, the system, and the CPU utilistation.
But a monitor feature in the BOINC client would also be nice.
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Message 44045 - Posted: 19 Apr 2012, 11:22:57 UTC - in response to Message 29198.

Anything come of this?

When I have looked to see what is happening with my tasks and checking what happens with other tasks from the same work unit I have found many computers running CPDN wher every single work unit fails.

Is it possible to set things up so that something pops up in the notices tab of BOINC manager to say for instance, "Your last three tasks have all crashed, please check out your system." Long term I would like to see it post a link to likely causes and fixes but I think that is being overly optimistic.

Seriously though, the number of computers downloading models that crash without doing any work is a terrible waste of resources and a message through the notices tab in BOINC could possibly save some of this.

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Message 44079 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 21:49:25 UTC - in response to Message 44045.
Last modified: 24 Apr 2012, 1:16:56 UTC

This mass crashing is well known to us, and there's a manual procedure to deal with it.
But with the other project problems, it's not been used much lately.
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