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     dnetc — distributed computing client for Linux


     dnetc [-config] [-flush] [-fetch] [-update] [-benchmark [prj]] [-benchmark2 [prj]] [-bench
           [prj [cn]]] [-test [prj [cn]]] [-stress [prj [cn]]] [-cpuinfo] [-restart] [-shutdown]
           [-pause] [-unpause] [-install [...]] [-uninstall] [-import <filename>] [-forceunlock
           <fn>] [-help] [-version] [-ini <filename>] [-e <address>] [-nodisk] [-n <count>]
           [-runbuffers] [-frequent] [-inbase <fname>] [-outbase <fname>] [-ckpoint <fname>]
           [-bin <prj> <n>] [-btime [prj] <n>] [-runoffline] [-runonline] [-nettimeout <secs>]
           [-a <address>] [-p <port>] [-nofallback] [-u <method>] [-ha <address>] [-hp <port>]
           [-lurk] [-lurkonly] [-interfaces <list>] [-c [prj] <n>] [-numcpu <n>] [-priority
           <0-9>] [-l <filename>] [-smtplen <len>] [-smtpsrvr <host>] [-smtpport <port>]
           [-smtpfrom <id>] [-smtpdest <id>] [-h <hours[:min]>] [-until <HH:MM>]
           [-noexitfilecheck] [-pausefile <fn>] [-exitfile <fn>] [-multiok[=|:][0|1]]
           [-percentoff] [-quiet/-hide] [-noquiet]


     dnetc is a distributed computing client that coordinates with servers operated by to cooperate with other network-connected computers to work on a common
     task.  It communicates over public networks and processes work assigned by the keyservers. It is designed to run in idle time so as to not impact the
     normal operation of the computer.


     Since you are already reading this, I assume you know how to unpack an archive into a
     directory of your choice. :)

     Now, simply fire up the client...

     If you have never run the client before, it will initiate the menu-driven configuration.
     Save and quit when done, the configuration file will be saved in the same directory as the
     client. Now, simply restart the client. From that point on it will use the saved

     The configuration options are fairly self-explanatory and can be run at any time by starting
     the client with the '-config' option. A list of command line options is listed below.


     In addition to the conventional command line passed to the client from a shell, options may
     also be passed to the client using either or both of the following methods:
     -    using the dnetc_opt= environment variable.
          If set, this is parsed before the normal command line.
     -    using the /usr/local/etc/dnetc.opt and/or /etc/dnetc.opt
          command files. If found, these are parsed after the normal
          command line.
     "Mode commands" (see below) cannot be executed using these methods, and there is no run-time
     display of modified settings (unless the settings are also modified using the conventional
     command line, in which case the last effective change is displayed).

   Mode commands: (the client will execute the option and then exit)
     -config     start the configuration menu

     -flush      flush all output buffers

     -fetch      fill all input buffers

     -update     fetch + flush

     -benchmark [prj]
                 16-20 sec speed check [optional: only project prj]

     -benchmark2 [prj]
                 half (8-10 sec) and slightly inaccurate -benchmark

     -bench [prj [cn]
                 -benchmark all cores [optional: only project prj]
                 [optional: only core cn, must be used with prj]

     -test [prj [cn]
                 tests for core errors [optional: only project prj]
                 [optional: only core cn, must be used with prj]

     -stress [prj [cn]
                 more thorough and longer running variant of -test

     -cpuinfo    print information about the detected cpu(s)

     -restart    restart all active clients

     -shutdown   gracefully shut down all active clients

     -pause      pause all active clients

     -unpause    unpause all active clients

     -install [...]
                 install the client in /etc[/rc.d]/init.d/
                 all [...options...] that follow '-install' serve
                 as parameters for the installed client.

     -uninstall  remove the client from /etc[/rc.d]/init.d/

     -import <filename>
                 import packets from file <filename> into client buffers

     -forceunlock <fn>
                 unlock buffer file <fn>

     -help       display this text

     -version    print version information

   Project and buffer related options:
     -ini <filename>
                 override default name of INI file

     -e <address>
                 the email id by which you are known to

     -nodisk     don't use disk buffer files

     -n <count>  packets to complete. -1 forces exit when buffer is empty.

                 set -n == -1 (exit when buffers are empty)

     -frequent   frequently check if buffers need topping-up

     -inbase <fname>
                 input buffer basename (ie without 'extension'/suffix)

     -outbase <fname>
                 output buffer basename (ie without 'extension'/suffix)

     -ckpoint <fname>
                 set the name of the checkpoint file

     -bin <prj> <n>
                 set fetch buffer threshold to <n> work units

     -btime [prj <n>]
                 set fetch time threshold to <n> hours
                 If not specified, project name <prj> defaults to RC5

   Network update related options:
                 disable network access

     -runonline  enable network access

     -nettimeout <secs>
                 set the network timeout. Use -1 to force blocking mode

     -a <address>
                 keyserver name or IP address

     -p <port>   keyserver port number

                 don't fallback to a keyserver

     -u <method>
                 use this UUE/HTTP encoding method (see -config)

     -ha <address>
                 http/socks proxy name or IP address

     -hp <port>  http/socks proxy port

     -lurk       automatically detect modem connections

     -lurkonly   perform buffer updates only when a connection is detected

     -interfaces <list>
                 limit the interfaces to monitor for online/offline status

   Performance related options:
     -c [prj <n>]
                 core number (run -config for a list of valid core numbers)
                 project name 'prj' defaults to RC5

     -numcpu <n>
                 run <n> threads/run on <n> cpus. 0 forces single-threading.

     -priority <0-9>
                 scheduling priority from 0 (lowest/idle) to 9 (normal/user)

   Logging options:
     -l <filename>
                 name of the log file

     -smtplen <len>
                 max size (in bytes) of a mail message (0 means no mail)

     -smtpsrvr <host>
                 name or IP address of mail (SMTP) server

     -smtpport <port>
                 mail (SMTP) server port number

     -smtpfrom <id>
                 who the client should say is sending the message

     -smtpdest <id>
                 who the client should send mail to

   Miscellaneous runtime options:
     -h <hours[:min]>
                 time limit in hours

     -until <HH:MM>
                 quit at HH:MM (eg 07:30)

                 override .ini exit flagfile setting

     -pausefile <fn>
                 name of file that causes the client to pause

     -exitfile <fn>
                 name of file that causes the client to exit

                 allow/disallow multiple instances of the client to run
                 The default is 'allow' for all platforms but Windows.

                 don't display work completion as a running percentage

                 suppress screen output (== detach for some clients)

     -noquiet    don't suppress screen output (override ini quiet setting)

BUGS maintains a database to assist with the tracking and resolution of bugs in
     dnetc and related software.  If you believe you have found a bug, please submit it to the bug tracking database at

     Please provide the entire version descriptor as displayed on client start when doing so. For
     example, the client version this manpage was generated for was "dnetc
     v2.9106-514-CFR-09092022 for Linux".


     dnetc_opt (or the upper-case version thereof)
     Additional source of command line options (parsed first)


     Additional sources of command line options (parsed last)


     Client documentation: dnetc.txt and


                                           May 9, 2020