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August 13, 2010, 11:04:02 PM
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I need a portable bitcoin client, one that can reside entirely on a USB thumbdrive.  I would prefer to be able to run under both GNU/Linux or Windoze, but Windoze I need. 

Can the client reach out from within a network, even if the ports are blocked?  Is it possible to configure a client to reach out using a different port number and succeed?  I can use port 443 almost anywhere, but the high ports are blocked in most of the places that I can get Internet service in public.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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August 14, 2010, 10:47:29 AM
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You can already run entirely from the USB drive using the -datadir command line parameter.
I don't know if you can specify alternate ports yet, there has been discussion about implementing this, but you can proxy through an arbitrary port.
See: http://www.bitcoin.org/wiki/doku.php?id=man_page for more information.



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August 16, 2010, 02:17:26 PM
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You can specify the data directory using scripts (AFAIK you can't use a shortcut on Windows because it requires an absolute path to the .exe).

Shell script for Linux (make executable with "chmod a+x scriptname"):
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#!/bin/sh
bitcoin -datadir=./data

Batch script for Windows (save as *.bat or *.cmd):
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bitcoin -datadir=.\data

If you know how to do it, you can also apply gavinandresen's port/rpcport patch or wait for it to be included in the official client (may take a while).

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August 17, 2010, 01:39:35 AM
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I need a portable bitcoin client, one that can reside entirely on a USB thumbdrive.  I would prefer to be able to run under both GNU/Linux or Windoze, but Windoze I need. 

Can the client reach out from within a network, even if the ports are blocked?  Is it possible to configure a client to reach out using a different port number and succeed?  I can use port 443 almost anywhere, but the high ports are blocked in most of the places that I can get Internet service in public.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.



Consider the alternative of mybitcoin.com. It is a client portable to any web browser. You could keep the account/password in your head instead of on a stick. If you want to transact with another mybitcoin account the transaction is immediate too.
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Consider the alternative of mybitcoin.com. It is a client portable to any web browser. You could keep the account/password in your head instead of on a stick. If you want to transact with another mybitcoin account the transaction is immediate too.


I already have a mybitcoin.com account, but I'd still like to have one running one my thumbdrive.  And now I do, thanks to the many suggestions that I have already received.

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- Carroll Quigley, CFR member, mentor to Bill Clinton, from 'Tragedy And Hope'
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