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patgie 2017-07-29 16:05

Running prime95 over night then automatically stop/start
Is it possible to set up prime95 to only run during certain hours and then automatically stop/start? Thank you.

thyw 2017-07-29 19:29

I haven't tried it, but you could probably use #5 post on windows.

I don't know Powershell, but [URL][/URL]

Or you can try messing around with the prime services ( + sc) and/or taskschd, scripts with bat files.
Other options to consider:
from undoc.txt
..For example, Throttle=40 means the program will run 40% and be idle 60% of the time.

or maybe LowMemWhileRunning or lower priority

Or by cron [URL][/URL] for linux[/SIZE]

[I][SIZE=1]("Time=" hasn't been working since [URL=""]~25.7[/URL], tried it too.)[/SIZE][/I]

sdbardwick 2017-07-29 21:59

This might help, but doesn't cause the program to exit/restart:
Adjust the start/stop times below and insert into prime.txt
[CODE]PauseWhileRunning=* during 08:00-17:00[/CODE]
(Above code will pause Prime95 from 8am to 5pm)

patgie 2017-07-30 00:20

Thank you sdbardwick and thyw.

PauseWhileRunning works ok, I would then only have to restart prime95 in the evening.

Is there any way to make PauseWhileRunning day specific, e.g. only pause on certain days?

sdbardwick 2017-07-30 01:11

[QUOTE=patgie;464492]Thank you sdbardwick and thyw.

PauseWhileRunning works ok, I would then only have to restart prime95 in the evening.

Is there any way to make PauseWhileRunning day specific, e.g. only pause on certain days?[/QUOTE]

Yup! undoc.txt in the Prime95 directory lists all of the various options; below is only a portion.
[CODE]In rare cases, users have reported the program can interfere with the
performance of some programs such as disk defragmenters and some games.
You can pause the program automatically when these programs are running by
adding this line to prime.txt:
The [n1], [n2] values are optional and indicate the number of worker threads
to pause when prog1 and prog2 are running. The default value for n1 and n2
is to pause all worker threads. Note that the program will pause if the program
name matches any part of the running program's file name. That is "foobar"
will match "c:\foobar.exe", "C:\FOOBAR\name.exe", and even "C:\myfoobarprog.exe".
Also, if prog1 is "*" the program will pause no matter what. Examples:
PauseWhileRunning=*[1] during 6-7/2:00-3:00
PauseWhileRunning=* during 23:00-24:00 else decomp[1],mygame[2]
The first example pauses one worker thread on Saturday and Sunday between
2AM and 3AM. The second example pauses all workers between 11PM and 12AM and
pauses 1 worker if decomp is running and 2 if mygame is running.[/CODE]

patgie 2017-07-30 21:10

Thank you sdbardwick it works great, took a while to make it work on 'X' machines but will make things easier.

patgie 2017-07-31 23:20

So despite putting in prime.txt:

W1=0 0 1422 339 0 -1 -1 -1 -1
W2=0 339 1422 679 0 -1 -1 -1 -1
PauseWhileRunning=*[1] during 1-5/8:00-18:00


The worker #1 did not go to sleep at 8 in the morning on all of my machines. It only goes to sleep when I stop prime95 and then press continue between 8:00-18:00. It then sleeps until 18:00 and starts working again at 18:00 as expected.

Any idea how to make prime95 pick PauseWhileRunning automatically?

Thank you.

S485122 2017-08-01 04:28

You might have found a bug.

Ttry the following setting :
"By default, the program will check the PauseWhileRunning list every 10 seconds.
You can adjust the time period with this prime.txt setting:
where n is the number of seconds between checking which programs are running."
to see if it changes something.


thyw 2017-08-01 13:13

Guessing about unkown things
Ok, so i tried the option, with PauseCheckInterval, PauseCheckInterval * or program name, running it as admin, and i even upgraded to 28.10 from 28.7. And every combinaion of these.
Also if i leave out the "during" word it will "sleep forever".
Tried to put it into local.txt, still every combination, no.
Looking at whatsnew: 22.9 introduce this feature, 25.7 enchanted. Oldest i could find is 25.9. Still doesn't work with * or program PauseCheckInterval.
Also trying with CheatEngine (really new to that program too), prime95 definitely has that program string in memory after defined in PauseWhileRunning.
Even the older version does "It only goes to sleep when I stop prime95 and then press continue between 8:00-18:00."
Looking at the source code (the newest i could find was 28.10) - looks like it's in [I]commonb.c[/I] from line 2070.
[B]I do not understand most of it,[/B] someone who knows what he's doing should look at the code. I can only guess, 2 cents or something, but maybe
[CODE] from 2153
seconds_until_reread = 0;
IniGetTimedString (INI_FILE, "PauseWhileRunning", buf, sizeof (buf), NULL, &seconds);
if (seconds && (seconds_until_reread == 0 || seconds < seconds_until_reread))
seconds_until_reread = seconds;
parse_pause_info (buf, ALL_WORKERS, FALSE);
[I](and then the if seconds... section repeats inside a for[/I] loop.)
Looks like IniGetTimedString is only specified in one other place ([I]\gwnum\gwini.c[/I]/h line 247)
And the last (6th) value for this void function[I] [U]seconds [/U]has this comment: [/I][I]/* Return length of time this timed INI setting is good for. */
[/I]looks like [I]seconds_until_reread [/I]won't change (0) inside lines 1135-2190 (
And only the part of that [I]if[/I] and at end

/* Add the event that fires when the memory settings expire. */

if (seconds_until_reread)
add_timed_event (TE_READ_PAUSE_DATA, seconds_until_reread);

[B]So it won't change seconds_until_reread [/B]because if both [I]seconds [/I]and [I]seconds_until_reread[/I] are 0, then true, thus [I]seconds_until_reread = seconds;[/I] or[I] seconds[/I] is 0 and [I]seconds < seconds_until_reread[/I] then it changes to 0 too. It will always be true.

[STRIKE]So it will be (#2180)
if (seconds_until_reread)
add_timed_event (TE_READ_PAUSE_DATA, seconds_until_reread);
seconds_until_reread=0 and in commonc.h #440-9 it's event 11 and it's in commonb.c #2389 [/STRIKE]

patgie 2017-08-01 14:24

Just an update, all my machines went to sleep after running overnight (more than 10 separate instances) as I set them to go to sleep in the morning at 8:00 today using PauseWhileRunning. Not sure why this has not been picked up yesterday but has been the next day. Any ideas?

S485122 2017-08-01 16:01

One thing that we and the document perhaps forgot to say, or that you did not notice : when changing settings or data in the configuration or work files, it is best to stop Prime95, when you restart it, it reads local.txt, prime.txt and worktodo.txt again.


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