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April 03, 2013, 07:05:24 AM
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The issue that is motivating this question is that I am transitioning from using Windows all the time to Linux. I want to start running the QT client in Linux, but don't want to redownload the blockchain. I have a current blockchain in Windows already.

I just upgraded to the 0.8.1 client on Windows. My understanding was that there is a new and improved way to store the blockchain. What confuses me is that after the Windows client finished reindexing, my Appdata\roaming\bitcoin directory ballooned from 8.5 GB to 17.2 GB.

So, to move from Windows to linux, which of these files or directories do I need to keep, and what can I safely erase?

In what directory should I place the necessary files? Will I need to rename or convert anything, or are the blockchain files the same across platforms?

I'm guessing blk00#.dat files may be important, or maybe I only need the blk00#.dat files that are saved in the ...\blocks\ folder? Can anyone help clear this up?

Thank you.
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April 03, 2013, 07:12:11 AM
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Only the blocks folder

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