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Vertnode - An automated solution for installing Vertcoin node(s) on Single Board Computers
Hello Vertcoin Community, Eager to contribute to the Vertcoin Community I began creating step by step walkthrough guides on how to get a Vertcoin node up and running on a Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi Zero and Intel NUC. Along with information to get a Vertcoin node up and running was also optional steps to install p2pool-vtc. I decided that while this step by step guide might be helpful to a few, a setup script may prove to be useful to a wider range of people. I have this script to a point where I think it may be productive to share with a bigger audience, for those who are brave and have this hardware sitting around or like to tinker with projects; I invite you to test this setup script if you are interested, if you run into errors any sort of verbose console output of the error proves to be extremely helpful in troubleshooting. The script was designed to produce a “headless” server... meaning we will not be using a GUI to configure Vertcoin or check to see how things are running. In fact, once the server is set up, you will only interact with it using command line calls over SSH. The idea is to have this full node be simple, low-power, with optimized memory usage and something that “just runs” in your basement, closet, etc. Why run a headless node on a Single Board Computer?
You want to support vertcoin. Running a node makes the network more robust and able to serve more wallets, more users, and more transactions.
You are building or using applications such as mining that must validate transactions according to vertcoin’s consensus rules.
You are developing vertcoin software and need to rely on a vertcoin node for programmable (API) access to the network and blockchain.
The idea is to have this full node be simple, low-power, with optimized memory usage and something that “just runs” in your basement, closet, etc. Required: USB Flash Drive 6GB - 32GB Please note that the script was designed for Single Board Computers first and looks for an accessible USB Flash Drive to use for storing the blockchain and swap file, as constant writing to a microSD can degrade the health of the microSD. Supports
Raspberry Pi 3 B+ | ARM Cortex-A53 1.4GHz | 1GB SRAM |
Raspberry Pi Zero (W) | Single Core ARMv6 1 Ghz | 433MB RAM |
All of the hardware listed above is hardware that I have personally tested / am testing on myself. The plan is to continue expanding my arsenal of single board computers and continue to add support for more hardware to ensure as much compatibility as possible. Functionality
Installs Vertcoin full node to Single Board Computer
Installs p2pool-vtc (Optional)
Installs LIT and LIT-AF (Optional)
It is worth noting that LIT can be ran with multiple configurations, the ones displayed in the Post Installation Report reflect values that run LIT with the Vertcoin Mainnet. Please be aware that the Vertcoin Testnet chain has not been mined 100% of the time in the past, if you make transactions on the Vertcoin testnet that do not go through it is likely because the chain has stopped being mined. BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR COINS, ONLY TEST WITH WHAT YOU ARE OKAY WITH LOSING IF YOU USE THE MAINNET.
Recommended: Use Etcher to install the chosen OS to your microSD card / USB flash drive.
If you intend on installing Ubuntu Server 16.04 to your Intel NUC please use Etcher to install the .iso to your USB flash drive. https://etcher.io/ PLEASE NOTE THIS SCRIPT MAY GIVE AN ERROR. THIS IS THE NATURE OF TESTING. PLEASE REPORT YOUR ERRORS IF YOU WANT THEM TO BE FIXED/RESOLVED. THANK YOU FOR BETTERING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SCRIPT.
You can use different clients to ssh into your node. One option is using PuTTY or Git Bash on Windows which is included in the desktop version of Git. If you are using Linux you can simply open a new terminal window and ssh to the IP address of your node (hardware you intend installing the Vertcoin node on). You will need to know the IP address of your node, this can be found on your router page. ssh 192.168.1.5 -l pi For example, this command uses ssh to login to 192.168.1.5 using the -l login name of pi. The IP address of your node will likely be different for you, in this example I am logging into a Raspberry Pi which has a default login name of pi. A brief list of commands that can be used to check on the Vertcoin node status: vertcoin-cli getblockchaininfo | Grab information about your blockchain vertcoin-cli getblockcount | Grab the current count of blocks on your node vertcoin-cli getconnectioncount | Grab the current count of connections to your node. A number of connections larger than 8 means that you have incoming connections to your node. The default settings are to make 8 outgoing connections. If you want incoming connections please port forward your Raspberry Pi in your Router settings page. vertcoin-cli getpeerinfo | Grab the information about the peers you have connected to / are connected to vertcoin-cli getnettotals | Grab network data, how much downloaded/upload displayed in bytes tail -f ~/.vertcoin/debug.log | Output the latest lines in the Vertcoin debug.log to see verbose information about the Vertcoin daemon (ctrl+c to stop) Thank you to all who have helped me and inspired me thus far, @b17z, @jamesl22, @vertcoinmarketingteam, @canen, @flakfired, @etang600, @BDF, @tucker178, @Xer0 This work is dedicated to the users of Vertcoin, thank you for making this possible. 7/20/2018 Thank you @CommodoreAmiga for the incredibly generous tip <3 You can reach me @Sam Sepiol#3396 on the Vertcoin Discord, here on reddit or @ [email protected]
step 12: Build Reddcoin Wallet ---download source code ---- only source from joroob/reddcoin will work because some stweak was needed for ARM CPU
cd ~ git clone https://github.com/joroob/reddcoin.git
---build reddcoin ----
cd reddcoin ./autogen.sh ./configure --with-gui=no --disable-tests cd src make sudo make install
If you finish this, you are in a great position!!! step 13: Create reddcoin configuration file
cd ~ mkdir .reddcoin && cd .reddcoin nano reddcoin.conf rpcuser=YOUR OWN USERNAME, YOU DONT NEED TO REMEMBER THIS, MAKE IT AS LONG AS YOU WANT rpcpassword=YOUR OWN PASS WORD, YOU DONT NEED TO REMEMBER THIS, MAKE IT AS LONG AS YOU WANT
step 14: Use bootstrap (At this point, you had a running reddcoin daemon, now you can start staking. But syncing the full chain takes long time.)
cd ~/.reddcoin wget https://github.com/reddcoin-project/reddcoin/releases/download/v184.108.40.206/bootstrap.dat.xz xz -d bootstrap.dat.xz
step 15: start the reddcoin daemon service cd ~/reddcoin/src ./reddcoind -daemon After this, you can test if the daemon is working, by perform this command: ./reddcoin-cli getblockcount step 16: if your app is not able to sync, it is probably the firewall issue with OS, run this to allow port 45444 (used by Reddcoin) and redo step 15
ADDITIONAL REMARKS: From my PC: I am using putty to execute the command, winSCP to monitor the file location on raspberry. Moving Red Coins out of exchange really a big move, start with normal wallet, don't start with this tutorial :) Ever since I move my coins out of exchange, I am free from all of the ups and downs! Really! So guys and gals, Redd On! UPDATE 18 Mar: my first stake has arrived after 6 days staking :) In case you want to tip me: RaF3TeWqgTzAdnaZQffnsxS74dag13zsAY Edit 1: Format stuff Edit 2: Add step 18 to execute staking command. Edit 3: In case you don't want to compile the source code, you can download my compile version here: https://github.com/hieplenet/reddcoin/releases/tag/v220.127.116.11 (but doing this, you should be aware of the risk of me changing source code for my benefit - I don't change any thing, but you should be cautious, this is the internet :) )
Trying to salvage some coins from 2013. Core (bitcoin-qt.exe v0.8.1-beta on Windows 8.1) is taking weeks to DL the blockchain as expected but keeps crashing now. Can I upgrade to a newer version without losing what I've gotten already (about 75% complete)?
Currently there are 134305 blocks remaining. When I start it up it works pretty smoothly for a while but then slows down. I leave it running while I'm gone but the last several days when I've come back it has crashed and gives me an I/O error, and I have to hit OK then start it back up. It does appear to be further along when I start it back up but not by a whole lot. So this has really slowed my progress. It's reindexed about 75% though, and so I don't want to start over from the beginning. The drive it is on has ~400gb of free space so that's not the issue. I have 8gb of memory, and the task manager says bitcoin is taking up about 500mb, but it's using 60-85% of my cpu at a time. If I download a newer version of core, I can just copy/paste the old wallet.dat file, right? But wouldn't it have to start downloading the entire blockchain again from the beginning? If so, is there any quicker method? While typing this, it crashed twice. It only runs for about 10 minutes. The version I have doesn't have any settings I can change. I read that there's a db size limit you can change in later versions that could help. This one does have a "debug window" with a command line console but I don't really know what to do with it. Here is a list of available commands: ￼
I'm struggling a bit with understanding raw transactions. I understand from the Bitcoin wiki that the input(s) reference previous transactions as the source of funds. Then the outputs is how the source of funds is paid out. Typically if there are two outputs, it is because the entire input transaction must be spent and so one output is the payment and the second output is the remainder being paid back to self. This all makes sense until I went to look at a ReddCoin transaction. I used getblockcount then getblockhash, then getblock to retrieve the latest confirmed block. Then looked at one of the transactions with getrawtransaction then decoderawtransaction. Here is the transaction I looked at: ece8f2411a3c0193ee59b4e22ee6cab4e0f15e480e61bfad018fc0c4f76758b4 There is one input and two outputs. Both outputs are equal value and paid to the same wallet. The input transaction is a similar transaction where two outputs both paid to the same wallet but the value is double. The input of that transaction is the same again but with the value doubled. I can't understand what the point of this transaction would be. Someone with a balance of x is sending a two payments to self of x/2. Then when that transaction is confirmed, each output is then used to make two more payments to self of x/2/2 and so on. Can someone explain this to me? Is this related to staking?
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