Google Toolbar Compute Linux "trick" for powder2glass
Google Compute does not run outa-the-box on Linux, but it is fairly easy to
get it to work. The basic problem is that while the Folding@Home folks support
Linux, Google does not, so if you specify team #446 (Google), it ignores your OS
and downloads a Windoze "core" executable which fails to run on Linux. So ... in
order to run on Linux (and contribute to powder2glass! ;-) do the following -
note no need to be root or any special privileges:
- Create a directory where you are going to download/run everything and do
all of the below in that directory.
- Download the Linux "console" EXE from the Folding Home Site -
- Download the "core.exe" files -
- Uncompress these (using bzip2 -d) and then rename as Fah*. I.e.
Core_65.exe.bz becomes FahCore_65.exe This is the "hack" ... you are
"pre-downloading" the "core executables" so it won't try to do it for you, and
then get the Windoze executable. Google will hopefully fix this someday.
- Run that "console" EXE and use team=446 and
username=powder2glass when it asks you in the configuration steps and you
are off to the races contributing to powder2glass!
- Think about setting up an "init" script so it is auto-restarted on reboot.
BTW, if the "core executables" are ever changed, you would need to download a
new one, but this is infrequent.
2004_04_23 Update: They may have fixed some of these issue -
take a look at this lengthy thread about an FAH Installer for Linux.
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