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June 25, 2011, 06:45:03 PM
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Is there a way to run the linux client in console only mode - i.e. no gui?  I am not interested in mining, I just want a way to run it on the server to contribute another node to the network.  Is that even useful?

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June 25, 2011, 06:51:17 PM
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Maybe you must have a look on bitcoind. And I'm sure there are already console client. Otherwise you can offer BTC to a guy for creating a console client. Cheesy

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June 25, 2011, 07:19:56 PM
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Disclaimer: I am new to BitCoins, so I am somewhat shooting from the hip here.

That said: I agree that running bitcoind sounds like what you want to do. The question is: what is that good for if you don't make transactions with it and don't mine? Isn't this a little bit like opening a new pool (without the user accounts and the profit distribution): you provide the P2P infrastructure, but don't actually use it yourself or do any work yourself?

Question for others: is there a need for such "traffic nodes" or is the network suitably interconnected?
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June 25, 2011, 07:33:01 PM
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Disclaimer: I am new to BitCoins, so I am somewhat shooting from the hip here.

That said: I agree that running bitcoind sounds like what you want to do. The question is: what is that good for if you don't make transactions with it and don't mine? Isn't this a little bit like opening a new pool (without the user accounts and the profit distribution): you provide the P2P infrastructure, but don't actually use it yourself or do any work yourself?

Question for others: is there a need for such "traffic nodes" or is the network suitably interconnected?

You can still do everything you can with the GUI, you just have to do it through console commands.

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Find the directory where you have bitcoin.... then /bin/(32 or 64)/ and there should be bitcoind in there.  I believe the command you want is './bitcoind &' and you'll be able to run console commands by typing 'bitcoind _____'.  I'd suggest starting with 'bitcoind help' to get the list of commands.

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June 25, 2011, 07:43:34 PM
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That said: I agree that running bitcoind sounds like what you want to do. The question is: what is that good for if you don't make transactions with it and don't mine? [...]

Question for others: is there a need for such "traffic nodes" or is the network suitably interconnected?

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iamnot said that he wanted to run it headlessly on a server to contribute to the network. So my question still stands: is there a need for more "network only" node? Of course it can't hurt, but does it help others?
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June 25, 2011, 07:47:07 PM
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That said: I agree that running bitcoind sounds like what you want to do. The question is: what is that good for if you don't make transactions with it and don't mine? [...]

Question for others: is there a need for such "traffic nodes" or is the network suitably interconnected?

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iamnot said that he wanted to run it headlessly on a server to contribute to the network. So my question still stands: is there a need for more "network only" node? Of course it can't hurt, but does it help others?

Didn't even read the whole part... just the first sentence.  It doesn't hurt or help the network to run it and do nothing with it.  Not too much of a point if it's just sitting there.
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June 25, 2011, 07:58:08 PM
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Didn't even read the whole part... just the first sentence.  It doesn't hurt or help the network to run it and do nothing with it.  Not too much of a point if it's just sitting there.

So not every node upholds the P2P network? Does this mean that the single miners or the pool operators provide the infrastructure for the P2P net?

And yes, I am sure this must be documented somewhere... I just always get sidetracked when trying to find out how it really works.
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June 25, 2011, 09:35:27 PM
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June 25, 2011, 09:42:44 PM
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Is there a way to run the linux client in console only mode - i.e. no gui?  I am not interested in mining, I just want a way to run it on the server to contribute another node to the network.  Is that even useful?
What do you mean with console only mode?

There is no curses-based text UI at the moment, but you can use 'bitcoind' to send commands from the command-line.

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backupwallet <destination>                                                                                                                                   
getaccount <bitcoinaddress>
getaccountaddress <account>
getaddressesbyaccount <account>
getbalance [account] [minconf=1]
getblockcount
getblocknumber
getconnectioncount
getdifficulty
getgenerate
gethashespersec
getinfo
getnewaddress [account]
getreceivedbyaccount <account> [minconf=1]
getreceivedbyaddress <bitcoinaddress> [minconf=1]
gettransaction <txid>
getwork [data]
help [command]
listaccounts [minconf=1]
listreceivedbyaccount [minconf=1] [includeempty=false]
listreceivedbyaddress [minconf=1] [includeempty=false]
listtransactions [account] [count=10] [from=0]
move <fromaccount> <toaccount> <amount> [minconf=1] [comment]
sendfrom <fromaccount> <tobitcoinaddress> <amount> [minconf=1] [comment] [comment-to]
sendmany <fromaccount> {address:amount,...} [minconf=1] [comment]
sendtoaddress <bitcoinaddress> <amount> [comment] [comment-to]
setaccount <bitcoinaddress> <account>
setgenerate <generate> [genproclimit]
settxfee <amount>
stop
validateaddress <bitcoinaddress>

If a GUI program for linux were to emerge it would make many bitcoin users more apt to want to move from mac/windows to linux/ubuntu.

I think we can all agree that whomever creates this will get quite a bit of donations.
GUI for Linux: https://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=15276.0

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