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Message 5599 - Posted: 14 Jan 2009 | 1:30:55 UTC

Using since yesterday evening BOINC 6.6.0 on Vista 64. It's running without any problems. For interested user, you can get it here
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Message 5601 - Posted: 14 Jan 2009 | 1:53:49 UTC

Is there a list of fixes for BOINC 6.6.0? What's new?

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Message 5604 - Posted: 14 Jan 2009 | 3:04:41 UTC - in response to Message 5601.
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Is there a list of fixes for BOINC 6.6.0? What's new?


Well, as is normal with C programmers, there is incredibly little information that makes sense to one not in the priesthood ...

The important point is that none of the changes needed to make GPU Grid run better are in 6.6.0 ... as best as I can tell there is only one fix for leaks that someone else mentioned ... and possibly some fixes that were in the 6.4.x branch that did not make it into the 6.5.0 version ...

If they make it into a stable release I may upgrade some to it, or the subsequent versions ... but, with 6.5.0 working well enough for me for the moment I feel no pressure ...

YMMV ...

{edit add}

Still mousing about and ran into this marveolous comment that illustrates, at least to me, all that is wrong with BOINC Development, read for yourself:


Because, as I'm sure you know, 6.4 was not built on 6.3.x (SVN trunk), it was built on 6.2.x so it is _not_ fixed in 6.4. 6.3 has been renumbered as 6.5.x, so the fix will be released as 6.6.x.


What this quote tells me is the there is not a cohesive change management policy ... you know, all that extraneous and boring management stuff that C coders hate because it stands in the way of progress ...

Anyway, the following tickets *MAY* have been fixed:

306
765 Though notes say fixed in 6.3.22
804 Though notes say fixed in 6.4.5

I guess the bottom line is that no one knows what might actually be in this version ...

Unless a developer drops in that has some intimate knowledge, it looks to me more like a minor version build with no improved functionality.

YOu can look for yourself in Trak with my sorting applied should you be interested ...

FOr GPU problems the version to watch for would be 6.7 where the improvements that Dr. Anderson is working on should make their appearance ... though for full working there will also have to be server upgrade also ... in other words, just running the new 6.7 may not change your situation till GPU Grid updates the scheduler too ...

Again, YMMV
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Message 5605 - Posted: 14 Jan 2009 | 3:34:14 UTC - in response to Message 5604.

...but, with 6.5.0 working well enough for me for the moment I feel no pressure...


I have been running 6.5.0 for a while as well and it is running fine for me too.. So, I'll stick with what I got for now (or at least let others be the trailblazers).

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Message 5615 - Posted: 14 Jan 2009 | 16:23:21 UTC - in response to Message 5601.

Is there a list of fixes for BOINC 6.6.0? What's new?


Mac client: update build scripts, XCode project for curl-7.19.2 and c-ares 1.6.0. (Checked into boinc_core_release_6_5_0 tag.)
Mac: Fix compiler warning.
client: error checking for on/connected/active_frac values from XML
XML_PARSER: in parse_int(), set errno to zero before calling strtol().
WINSETUP: Use the installer from 6.4 going forward. Shows CUDA warning on Vista.
client, Win: don't leak thread handlers; fixes #808
client: don't accept 0 for active/on/connected frac; set to 1
client: work fetch: skip project if zero CPU shortfall and currently have coproc jobs.
client: preserve ownership when copying files to slot directory. Fixes a problem with Enigma@home which uses the <copy_file/> tag.

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Message 5616 - Posted: 14 Jan 2009 | 16:28:39 UTC

I'm back in the Cave Man Days I guess, I'm still running v6.3.21 which works for me anyway ...

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Message 5621 - Posted: 14 Jan 2009 | 19:15:54 UTC

Any reason for the big jumps in version numbers, even though not that much seems to change?

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Message 5627 - Posted: 14 Jan 2009 | 19:51:11 UTC - in response to Message 5621.

Any reason for the big jumps in version numbers, even though not that much seems to change?

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Sure, it makes you think something real has been changed...

And X-Files, thanks for the list ...

And it is interesting that with the supposedly improved security with ownership that we are so many versions down the road before they caught that issue ...
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Message 5669 - Posted: 16 Jan 2009 | 10:57:13 UTC - in response to Message 5615.

Is there a list of fixes for BOINC 6.6.0? What's new?


Mac client: update build scripts, XCode project for curl-7.19.2 and c-ares 1.6.0. (Checked into boinc_core_release_6_5_0 tag.)
Mac: Fix compiler warning.
client: error checking for on/connected/active_frac values from XML
XML_PARSER: in parse_int(), set errno to zero before calling strtol().
WINSETUP: Use the installer from 6.4 going forward. Shows CUDA warning on Vista.
client, Win: don't leak thread handlers; fixes #808
client: don't accept 0 for active/on/connected frac; set to 1
client: work fetch: skip project if zero CPU shortfall and currently have coproc jobs.
client: preserve ownership when copying files to slot directory. Fixes a problem with Enigma@home which uses the <copy_file/> tag.


Apparently the ownership fix didn't work so they have now put out 6.6.1 (for the Mac only). Details below. I don't see any reason to upgrade from 6.5.0 yet, except maybe the thread handlers fix.

Changes since 6.6.0:
- MGR: Don't convert strings to ANSI just to have to reconvert them back to Unicode. Fix several help link issues. Fixes #826

- client: boinc_copy ownership fix of 1/6/09 didn't work because it used system(cp ...) call, which invokes a shell, and POSIX specifies that shells run from an application use the real UID and GID not the effective UID and GID. Under Mac Sandbox security, we need to use the effective UID and GID. Changed boinc_copy to copy file directly.

- MGR: On Mac, fix problems showing Manager window when it was minimized to Dock, especially if window was closed using Dock menu.

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Message 5712 - Posted: 17 Jan 2009 | 10:00:59 UTC

Just for those of you interested, this was posted in the BOINC_dev mailing list by Rom (one of the BOINC developers)...

While we were near the end of the 6.6 milestone and approaching release,
we have decided to take the new work-fetch and CPU/GPU scheduling stuff
that David has been working on the last few weeks as part of the 6.6
release.

While this may or may not delay the 6.6 release, it'll lead to a better
overall experience for those using both CPU's and GPU's.

I'll be updating the boinc_core_release_6_6 branch with the contents of
trunk today, shortly thereafter we'll be releasing the 6.6.2 client
which will include the latest work-fetch and CPU/GPU scheduling changes.

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Message 5719 - Posted: 17 Jan 2009 | 13:19:09 UTC - in response to Message 5712.

Just for those of you interested, this was posted in the BOINC_dev mailing list by Rom (one of the BOINC developers)...


Well, if you are not already running a version of 6 ... be advised that there may be issues when moving from 5.4.45 ... Granted this is on a Mac Pro, but I tried the 6.6.1 release and RCN would not let me report work because of a change in the computer identification string ... and when I had this problem before I know I had it with CPDN and Sztaki too ... so ... I know we don't use Macs here (yet) ... but ... I don't know what issues may trip us up with the new version on Windows and Linux ...

I have not noticed any issues with 6.5.0 on the projects that I have attached to the XP machines, but then again, I did not look that hard either ... they are doing the work I want, but I am concentrating on just a couple projects ...

Just a cautionary note ...
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Message 5731 - Posted: 17 Jan 2009 | 16:10:00 UTC

I have running now 6.6.0 and getting every time a higher timestep value (nearly doubled with lower credits) and longer run.

http://www.ps3grid.net/result.php?resultid=224232

Is this a new WU serie or just a performance issue with 6.6.0?

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Message 5747 - Posted: 18 Jan 2009 | 14:13:51 UTC - in response to Message 5731.

Is anyone running this version in WCG? Tried 6.4.5 and it wasn't able to calculate two HPF wu's + GPUGRID at a same time. Changed to 6.2.31, let's see if this works.

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Message 5750 - Posted: 18 Jan 2009 | 15:30:51 UTC - in response to Message 5747.

Is anyone running this version in WCG? Tried 6.4.5 and it wasn't able to calculate two HPF wu's + GPUGRID at a same time. Changed to 6.2.31, let's see if this works.


NO not yet. 6.5.0 has been working well for me ...

I did try 6.6.1 on OS-X and it made it so I cannot get work from RCN so I had to go back to 5.10.45 ... as far as GPU Grid as far as I know none of the CPU Scheduler changes are actually in the build yet ...
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