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August 20, 2013, 03:44:35 AM
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I came across a post about a raspbian (rPi) based mining dist. called PIckaxe, I believe the post was on Reddit, but I can't find it ANYWHERE! 

The post had two links:
http://imgur.com/a/B9FyJ#W4sm2G2
and
https://github.com/stronginthearm/PIckaxe.

While credit should go where it's due:  The other rPi dist. is awesome, but I have a preference of Raspbian over Arch., and that cat.  Seriously, F' that cat .wav/mp3... (Disclaimer, I plan to donate to the project I end up going with, but I'm going to do so via my time and abilities, not by farming out my equipment... especially when I can put something together myself that gives the same results.).

Won't digress any further.  Here's what I know...
I like PIckaxe, and want to play with it more. 
I ran 0.2.2 of the alternative, but it crashed within a day or two.  PIckaxe with my modifications has been running flawlessly for several days.


As it's GPL licensed, I'd like to start extending it a bit...
--Add columns to the status table (Total Shares, Rejected (and %), HWErrors (and %)... (Complete).
--Not a huge fan of how security was handled in orig. version (Completed limiting access in a testing version, with more changes planned).
--Want to add option of CGMiner (currently defaults to BFG).  (Mostly done).
--Want to add additional watchdog features, and change the start script(s) for the miners.
--etc.


But I'd like to collaborate and contribute with the original author.. my intention isn't to take someone else's code, or release a new project...  My efforts to contact him for the last several days have fallen short.

Anyone know stronginthearm?  Please have him PM me, or at least open discussion about what his intentions are for the code!

Thanks!
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August 24, 2013, 02:44:58 PM
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woop woop here it is

http://www.reddit.com/r/BitcoinMining/comments/1k69yl/my_weekend_project_pickaxe_my_own_btc_mining/

ive been running it 2 weeks, fkkn love it!, no crashes *yet*
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August 25, 2013, 08:57:52 AM
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THANK YOU!

I haven't had a lot of time lately...  but I started putting together the changes I'm interested in incorporating...
--Single config file, instead of it writing files.
--Changed config dir from just in /etc/ to /etc/PIckaxe/, this also eliminates most of the sudo requirements.
--Changed sudoers file to not allow www-data access to everything via sudo, instead only 3 binaries.
...

Next up, re-write the start-up script, to check the config file to see if it should run cgminer or bfgminer, and add both binaries (probably not going to compile, as it is now... and I'll use the startup script Kano provided (I think in this thread!) as a foundation.
Once that's done, might consider adding notifications, maybe some other warm and fuzzies (graphs, or something)...

We'll see.  I'm off to see if the dev is actually interested in doing more with it or not.. Tongue

Thanks again!
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August 26, 2013, 10:01:44 PM
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Found the original dev, but no response.

If anyone is interested in testing PIckaxe with my modifications, I'd be very interested in feedback?!?

To test:
--Install the latest raspbian (raspbian.org) to the SDCard using WinImage32, or dd.  Guides to do this all over (google is your friend).
--Boot the rPi, and log in (user: pi, password: raspbian). 
--(optional) Update Raspbian to latest:  'sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade'
--(optional) Configurate time-zone and expand to use entire SDCard:  'sudo raspi-config'  (then set the timezone, then choose option to Expand Filesystem.
--Load PIckaxe:  'cd && git clone https://github.com/sephtin/PIckaxe -b NoMoreSudoers'
--Install PIckaxe:  'cd PIckaxe && sudo setup.sh'

That should do it.  Let me know if it doesn't work for any reason... Tongue

In addition to what original PIckaxe provides, my modifications add:
--Fixed setup to correct host resolution errors
--Additional Setup fixes.
--Added columns to status for Total Shares, Rejected (and %Rejected), and HWErrors (and %HWErrors).
--Limited www-data's ability to sudo to only a couple executables.
--Made all config go into a single file.
--Started prepping for adding CGMiner (next version)...

Questions or anything, post or PM. 
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September 02, 2013, 04:31:48 AM
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Updated pickaxe to use latest BFGMiner, and cleaned up a bunch of code (See VERSION file for more info):
https://github.com/sephtin/PIckaxe

Running my latest testing version for ~half a day now, stable!

Let me know if any questions or anything!
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September 02, 2013, 10:54:50 AM
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Updated pickaxe to use latest BFGMiner, and cleaned up a bunch of code (See VERSION file for more info):
https://github.com/sephtin/PIckaxe

Running my latest testing version for ~half a day now, stable!

Let me know if any questions or anything!
I will give your version of PIckaxe a go in a couple of days when my block eruptor arrives.

Message me if you have any problems
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September 18, 2013, 11:36:46 AM
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well ill give it a shot tomorrow Smiley.
i really missed having the rejected shares which minepeon offered.
pickaxe is soooooo stable, compared to minepeon, i love it so far.
Ill let you know how i go with it.
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September 21, 2013, 03:43:20 AM
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Found the original dev, but no response.

If anyone is interested in testing PIckaxe with my modifications, I'd be very interested in feedback?!?

To test:
--Install the latest raspbian (raspbian.org) to the SDCard using WinImage32, or dd.  Guides to do this all over (google is your friend).
--Boot the rPi, and log in (user: pi, password: raspbian). 
--(optional) Update Raspbian to latest:  'sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade'
--(optional) Configurate time-zone and expand to use entire SDCard:  'sudo raspi-config'  (then set the timezone, then choose option to Expand Filesystem.
--Load PIckaxe:  'cd && git clone https://github.com/sephtin/PIckaxe -b NoMoreSudoers'
--Install PIckaxe:  'cd PIckaxe && sudo setup.sh'

That should do it.  Let me know if it doesn't work for any reason... Tongue

In addition to what original PIckaxe provides, my modifications add:
--Fixed setup to correct host resolution errors
--Additional Setup fixes.
--Added columns to status for Total Shares, Rejected (and %Rejected), and HWErrors (and %HWErrors).
--Limited www-data's ability to sudo to only a couple executables.
--Made all config go into a single file.
--Started prepping for adding CGMiner (next version)...

Questions or anything, post or PM. 


this step didnt work for me
--Install PIckaxe:  'cd PIckaxe && sudo setup.sh'

so i tried "sudo bash setup.sh" and that worked.

installing now.
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September 29, 2013, 04:28:13 AM
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I came across a post about a raspbian (rPi) based mining dist. called PIckaxe, I believe the post was on Reddit, but I can't find it ANYWHERE! 

The post had two links:
http://imgur.com/a/B9FyJ#W4sm2G2
and
https://github.com/stronginthearm/PIckaxe.

While credit should go where it's due:  The other rPi dist. is awesome, but I have a preference of Raspbian over Arch., and that cat.  Seriously, F' that cat .wav/mp3... (Disclaimer, I plan to donate to the project I end up going with, but I'm going to do so via my time and abilities, not by farming out my equipment... especially when I can put something together myself that gives the same results.).

Won't digress any further.  Here's what I know...
I like PIckaxe, and want to play with it more. 
I ran 0.2.2 of the alternative, but it crashed within a day or two.  PIckaxe with my modifications has been running flawlessly for several days.


As it's GPL licensed, I'd like to start extending it a bit...
--Add columns to the status table (Total Shares, Rejected (and %), HWErrors (and %)... (Complete).
--Not a huge fan of how security was handled in orig. version (Completed limiting access in a testing version, with more changes planned).
--Want to add option of CGMiner (currently defaults to BFG).  (Mostly done).
--Want to add additional watchdog features, and change the start script(s) for the miners.
--etc.


But I'd like to collaborate and contribute with the original author.. my intention isn't to take someone else's code, or release a new project...  My efforts to contact him for the last several days have fallen short.

Anyone know stronginthearm?  Please have him PM me, or at least open discussion about what his intentions are for the code!

Thanks!

could you please add support for blue furys? https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=299295.msg3208839#msg3208839
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September 29, 2013, 05:47:22 AM
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I came across a post about a raspbian (rPi) based mining dist. called PIckaxe, I believe the post was on Reddit, but I can't find it ANYWHERE! 

The post had two links:
http://imgur.com/a/B9FyJ#W4sm2G2
and
https://github.com/stronginthearm/PIckaxe.

While credit should go where it's due:  The other rPi dist. is awesome, but I have a preference of Raspbian over Arch., and that cat.  Seriously, F' that cat .wav/mp3... (Disclaimer, I plan to donate to the project I end up going with, but I'm going to do so via my time and abilities, not by farming out my equipment... especially when I can put something together myself that gives the same results.).

Won't digress any further.  Here's what I know...
I like PIckaxe, and want to play with it more. 
I ran 0.2.2 of the alternative, but it crashed within a day or two.  PIckaxe with my modifications has been running flawlessly for several days.


As it's GPL licensed, I'd like to start extending it a bit...
--Add columns to the status table (Total Shares, Rejected (and %), HWErrors (and %)... (Complete).
--Not a huge fan of how security was handled in orig. version (Completed limiting access in a testing version, with more changes planned).
--Want to add option of CGMiner (currently defaults to BFG).  (Mostly done).
--Want to add additional watchdog features, and change the start script(s) for the miners.
--etc.


But I'd like to collaborate and contribute with the original author.. my intention isn't to take someone else's code, or release a new project...  My efforts to contact him for the last several days have fallen short.

Anyone know stronginthearm?  Please have him PM me, or at least open discussion about what his intentions are for the code!

Thanks!

could you please add support for blue furys? https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=299295.msg3208839#msg3208839
Here is the cgminer branch.
https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer/tree/redfury

Message me if you have any problems
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September 29, 2013, 07:11:51 AM
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I also like to see the newest bfgminer in PIckaxe as I have 2 Blue Fury's comming !!
I had PIckaxe with bfgminer running for day's without any problem.

So the NEW bfgminer would be verry welcome!
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