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June 10, 2011, 02:01:50 PM
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I do a search in my Mac Finder for wallet.dat and nothing comes up.

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June 10, 2011, 02:03:04 PM
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/Users/username/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin
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June 12, 2011, 09:04:06 PM
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What does it mean if it's not there? How can I convince the Bitcoin client to create it?
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June 12, 2011, 09:15:02 PM
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What does it mean if it's not there? How can I convince the Bitcoin client to create it?

I haven't found a "wallet.dat" on either of my computers either. I was thinking it was just me.
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June 12, 2011, 09:23:40 PM
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It is there. Bitcoin client checks it everytime it starts. If it's not there, new wallet will be generated automatically
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Data_directory
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June 12, 2011, 09:32:52 PM
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It is there. Bitcoin client checks it everytime it starts. If it's not there, new wallet will be generated automatically
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Data_directory

Cool. Thanks!
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June 12, 2011, 11:57:53 PM
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So it's just invisible *boggle* *checks again to be sure*

Oh bah.... it wasn't arranged alphabetically, the Mac is so weird about when it resorts things and when it doesn't....
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June 15, 2011, 03:58:45 AM
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Have you found it? Easy way is to open Finder -> go to folder -> ~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin

The ~ tells it to go to your user directory.
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June 15, 2011, 01:00:03 PM
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Spotlight (search function) works great but it does not normally index system folders.
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June 15, 2011, 11:18:53 PM
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Have you found it? Easy way is to open Finder -> go to folder -> ~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin

The ~ tells it to go to your user directory.

Right, in the case of MacOS (a unix flavor) that translates by default to /Users/<username>.  So you could also check:

/Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin

Now to figure out a nice and simple way to backup / transfer the contents of that directory.

Personally, I would suggest backing up the entire thing (for backups) just to be safe.  EG., you're backing up the client's current block download too.  I've just tried mixing and matching block downloads and wallet.dat files.  Doesn't work, even though I thought it should.

But that directory can get pretty big with all the block downloads, etc...

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