DNETC(1) BSD General Commands Manual DNETC(1)


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>] [−devicenum <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 configuration.

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 //etc/distributed-net.conf

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)


start the configuration menu


flush all output buffers


fill all input buffers


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


print information about the detected cpu(s)


restart all active clients


gracefully shut down all active clients


pause all active clients


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.


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>


display this text


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


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)


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


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


automatically detect modem connections


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.

−devicenum <n>

run on device <n> only.

−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)


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 v2.9112-521-CFR-16020313 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


March 28, 2017