Package Details: foldingathome 7.6.13-2

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Package Base: foldingathome
Description: A distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics
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Licenses: custom
Submitter: dtw
Maintainer: alucryd
Last Packager: alucryd
Votes: 155
Popularity: 8.21
First Submitted: 2007-06-28 14:55
Last Updated: 2020-05-26 17:45

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alucryd commented on 2020-04-21 14:23

To be clear, nvidia users need to enable both foldingathome.service and foldingathome-nvidia.service.

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alucryd commented on 2020-05-26 17:48

@geripgeri Thought that directory existed even with no graphics card, made it optional.

geripgeri commented on 2020-05-21 06:45

Hey @jpkotta!

/dev/dri doesn't exist in my your system, /usr/bin/chown and /etc/foldingathome both exist.

After I added ReadWritePaths=-/dev/dri to foldingathome.service the service starts without any issue!

Thank you for your help!

jpkotta commented on 2020-05-20 20:59

@geripgeri: Does /dev/dri exist on your system? If not, try editing foldingathome.service to have ReadWritePaths=-/dev/dri (this should probably be changed in the package, you shouldn't need /dev/dri if you're doing CPU folding).

As for the chown, that doesn't make sense. Do /usr/bin/chown and /etc/foldingathome both exist?

geripgeri commented on 2020-05-18 13:03

Hey! I'm getting this error message: The system is up to date. I don't have GPU in this pc, FAH worked for me before.

systemd[1]: Starting Folding@home distributed computing client...
systemd[2846840]: foldingathome.service: Failed to set up mount namespacing: /run/systemd/unit-root/dev/dri: No such file or directory
systemd[2846840]: foldingathome.service: Failed at step NAMESPACE spawning /usr/bin/chown: No such file or directory
systemd[1]: foldingathome.service: Control process exited, code=exited, status=226/NAMESPACE
systemd[1]: foldingathome.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
systemd[1]: Failed to start Folding@home distributed computing client

What could cause this issue?

katt commented on 2020-05-16 19:35

@alucryd: I realise I should've tried this before, either way it does not help. Moved back sleep to the main service and re-activated the nvidia one and I ended up having to run startx manually. (as wasn't active)

EDIT: It's now happening with only foldingathome.service, so I guess it's the sleep command then, but it used to work before? Computers yo...

alucryd commented on 2020-05-16 08:21

@katt: Can you try putting the sleep command back to the foldingathome.service unit?

katt commented on 2020-05-14 19:29

I've just discovered that with the foldingathome-nvidia service activated, stays "inactive (dead)" until I've logged out and back in. This causes problems such as xorg not autostarting (

This didn't happen a while back so possibly has something to do with the moved sleep command?

AntiComposite commented on 2020-05-09 15:15

Yes, fully updated. After a sudo useradd fah, the service starts fine.

Correction: I found an /etc/nsswitch.conf.pacnew. My existing /etc/nsswitch.conf didn't allow systemd to control users and groups. I fixed that, removed the manually-created user, and the service started normally.

alucryd commented on 2020-05-09 10:13

@AntiComposite: Those should be created automatically by systemd, and automatically deleted when the service exits. It's working fine here, is your system up to date? Can you try creating these manually?

AntiComposite commented on 2020-05-09 02:52

Trying to start the service with sudo systemctl start foldingathome fails for me with chown[60820]: /usr/bin/chown: invalid user: ‘fah:fah’.