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I installed boinc 6.10.21 on my OS X 10.5 in order to upgrade from a 6.6 version that I was running today, and I am the admin user, and I was logged in as the admin user. As I was installing 6.10.21 I was asked if non admin users should be allowed to use Boinc, and I said 'yes' to this. Then when I tried to open Boinc I got a message like the following: "You currently are not authorized to manage the client. Either re-install and allow non-admin users or contact your administrator to add you to the 'boinc_master' user group."

So I tried to reinstall first, and I was not asked if non admin users should be allowed to use Boinc.. so I retried a few times and got no different result..

So I downloaded 6.10.43 and installed that, and again I was not asked if non admin users should be allowed to use boinc.. and when I tried to run Boinc I got the same message like: "You currently are not authorized to manage the client. Either re-install and allow non-admin users or contact your administrator to add you to the 'boinc_master' user group."

So I did a Google search trying to figure out how to add my admin user to the bonic_master user group and found this which suggested I run the following in terminal:

"sudo dscl . -append /Groups/boinc_master GroupMembership <your user's short name> CR"

So I did this and now I get the following error:

BOINC ownership or permissions are not set properly; please reinstall BOINC (Error code -1200)

So I reinstall and I am ever asked the question about allowing non admin users again, and I still get this error message every after every reinstall attempt..

What should I do?

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Can someone create a 'boinc' tag for this question please? –  erikvold Mar 22 '10 at 3:33
    
Done. (10 more to go) –  Josh K Mar 22 '10 at 3:49

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Erase everything and reinstall. If you're not running other users don't say "Allow all users." Personally I have had no issues with BOINC running as admin.

I would try repairing permissions as well as reinstalling.

  1. To open Disk Utility, from the Applications folder, open Utilities, and then double-click the Disk Utility icon.

  2. In the column on the left, click your startup disk.

  3. Click the First Aid tab, and then click Repair Disk Permissions. Disk Utility will reset any files and folders with incorrect settings.

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Repair permissions only works for files that Apple put on your drive. –  Hasaan Chop Mar 22 '10 at 4:48
    
"Erase everything and reinstall. If you're not running other users don't say "Allow all users." Personally I have had no issues with BOINC running as admin." I tried this but it did not work. –  erikvold Mar 27 '10 at 5:00
    
@Erik: Hmm. "Erase everything and reinstall" would amount to reformatting your MacBook. –  Josh K Jul 25 '10 at 4:32
    
oooh is that what you meant? I thought you ment erase boinc.. you should really say reformat if that's what you mean. –  erikvold Jul 26 '10 at 19:04
    
@Erik: Boinc has issues. A bad install can cause you to have to reinstall the entire system in order to fix it. –  Josh K Jul 27 '10 at 1:23
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In order to fix this I had to reformat my macbook.

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