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August 14, 2011, 02:21:28 AM
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Just want to let you know that worked! Up and running with 0.2.5 and Guiminer, i'm about to start testing Diablo and Phx and all the others and stress test it.

great!  please let me know how you go.  I've only tested with phoenix.  I'm lurking in #bitcoin-dev and #bitcoin-poolowners btw if you need any real time help.

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August 14, 2011, 02:31:58 AM
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Maybe I screwed up my config somewhere but I can't seem to get this to work.

-bash-3.2$ ./minerd --url http://ip:8999 --userpass test:test
[2011-08-13 20:51:18] JSON key 'midstate' not found
[2011-08-13 20:51:18] JSON inval midstate
[2011-08-13 20:51:18] json_rpc_call failed, retry after 30 seconds
[2011-08-13 20:51:18] Long-polling activated for http://ip:8999/LP/
[2011-08-13 20:55:04] longpoll failed, sleeping for 30s

I can connect to my Bitcoin RPC directly fine. I've also temp set rpcallowip to * to rule out any possible conflicts, no luck. It happens if I disable longpolling too. Pushpoold on the same box is running fine.

Paste of config: http://pastebin.com/JFnhMrgY

Oh and I'm running the latest JDK 1.7
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August 14, 2011, 03:06:00 AM
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The only I can think of is that you've got: useEasiestDifficulty=true

This should have been false in the sample-config.  That difficulty is actually less than 1 so any validation by the miner will probably fail.  Though it's odd it claims 'midstate' is not found...

I've made changes necessary to allow GET requests via browser so I'll upload those in a minute then you should be able to see what it's returning at least.

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August 14, 2011, 03:08:25 AM
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correction:  midstate is actually missing... That can't be good... Will get it fixed asap...

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August 14, 2011, 04:22:29 AM
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This is includes a fix for a fairly serious bug introduced in 0.2.4 where getwork responses were missing some fields if difficulty was rewritten.

relm9 this should fix the problem you were having... it's uploading atm so give it 10 minutes for my slow uplink to squeeze it through

[0.2.6]

 - enable different DB connection parameters (and engines) for shares and workers
 - basic bash startup script
 - shutdown called from command line with properties file will attempt to shutdown the server described in props file via managements interface
 - GET requests to main listener will now assume it's a getwork request rather than refusing to respond.
 - Resource pool implemented for request content StringBuilders
 - fix: getwork missing some fields if target is rewritten

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August 14, 2011, 05:49:32 AM
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Thanks shads  Smiley That fixed it, works perfect now. Will let you know if I come across any other bugs.

By the way, useEasiestDifficulty=true is actually default in the sample config.
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August 14, 2011, 06:18:55 AM
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By the way, useEasiestDifficulty=true is actually default in the sample config.

Yeah that's what I meant, it shouldn't be.  I was supposed to change it before I put it in the distribution but forgot to.  It's only there for stress testing work submisssions.  I don't think it had anything to with your issue though but make sure you change it or you'll be accepting work of pretty much any difficulty.

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August 15, 2011, 01:20:02 AM
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Thanks heaps to the people that have been testing it... We've uncovered a few major bugs that have been rectified and will be in next release 0.2.7

If you're using 0.2.6 or below then please be aware one of those bugs prevents valid shares from being accepted.

I have noticed during all the debug/troubleshooting processes I've gone though with various people the size of the config file is pretty cumbersome.... What's peoples thoughts on making it optional to split it... e.g. use a master properties file with an 'include' that allows you seperate for e.g. database, sources into different files.  That way you could have a main config, then plug in a different database config for different scenarios...  What do people think?  Is it worthwhile?
Its not really difficult to do timewise... But the benefit would be mainly for debug/test scenarios, allowing you switch over to test setups but with more confidence that you other configuration is consistent.

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August 15, 2011, 06:02:08 AM
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0.2.7 released

[0.2.7]

- fix: accidentally hardcoding our_result = false
- enabled reporting winning share to blockChainTracker which enables notifyBlockChangeMethod to report if the block was won or not.
- fix: UniqueDataPortiton.equals not comparing properly.  preventing hashmap lookups making valid work submits report as unknown.
- added method “flushWorkers” to mgmt interface which works just like “flushWorker” except it take a “names” param with a comma delimited list

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August 16, 2011, 03:37:23 AM
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I've been having exceptional results while testing this. Very low stales compared to pushpoold, like ~0.1% or less average. Very stable compared to pushpoold. Fast restarts and it picks up the shares it had in the air when you do have to restart. And it runs fast and doesn't eat endless memory, the GC process seems work great. Really fantastic so far.

Wanted to clarify - The only reason I've restarted poolj so far was because I wanted to, not had to.
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August 17, 2011, 07:58:30 PM
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This is interesting. I'm wondering, since your license says "no derivative works", what exactly am I allowed to do?

If I wanted to start my own pool and needed to change some parts of PoolServerJ (and let's assume I can't do this with a plugin, so I actually need to change YOUR code), this seems to be a "derivative work". Can I do this? I don't think so. Or maybe it's just forbidden to share my derivate work with others?

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August 17, 2011, 10:31:32 PM
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This is interesting. I'm wondering, since your license says "no derivative works", what exactly am I allowed to do?

If I wanted to start my own pool and needed to change some parts of PoolServerJ (and let's assume I can't do this with a plugin, so I actually need to change YOUR code), this seems to be a "derivative work". Can I do this? I don't think so. Or maybe it's just forbidden to share my derivate work with others?

Good catch, that's an oversight on my part... as of v0.2.3 the code was published to https://bitbucket.org/shadders/bitcoin-poolserverj

As far as I'm concerned what's published is OSS.  I haven't updated the licenses yet, will do so in the next release which should be in the next couple of days.  If you want to be covered in the meantime pm me an email address and I'll send you a 'permission to create derivatives' email.  I would just write it here but I don't think a forum post carrys much legal standing.

The only parts that aren't fully OSS with published source are a few utility libraries of my own that I use for numerous unrelated projects.  The reason I haven't published those is because I don't want the hassle of maintaining a public repo for them all.  You are welcome to decompile and inspect code, if you really want the source contact me and I'll send you a copy of the current snapshots.  The one's I'm referring to are all the libs in the /lib/lib_non-maven folder with the exception of the trove library (which is OSS and not written by me).

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August 18, 2011, 11:23:42 AM
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Yes, I've seen those libraries. It's very nice of you to open source PoolServerJ! It seems to be a nice piece of software. No need to send me a permission, I simply asked because I was wondering what "no derivative works" means (and why the source code is public then). Now it's all clear, the license has not been updated and it used to be closed source. Smiley

I've tested PoolServerJ and so far I'm impressed. The possibility to write your own sharelogger and simply plug it into PoolServerJ with a config file directive is nice. I implemented one that logs invalid shares to their own table (BTW: if "entry.reason == null && entry.ourResult" evaluates to true, is it safe to assume that this share is valid and should be counted for rewards?).

However I'd like to report a bug, or at least I think it is a bug.
I changed phoenix to do this:
Code:
        if self.checkTarget(hash, nr.unit.target):
            for bad in range(nonce, nonce+20):
            formattedResult = pack('<76sI', nr.unit.data[:76], bad)
            d = self.miner.connection.sendResult(formattedResult)
So when phoenix finds a share, it takes the nonce and submits it, but then increases the nonce by 1 and submits that "share" as well, and then continues until it has reached nonce+20.

I actually find 20 shares in my table when only one should be valid, and they all have "our_result == 1".
Maybe the problem is with Res.getEasyDifficultyTargetAsInteger()?

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August 18, 2011, 12:38:16 PM
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(BTW: if "entry.reason == null && entry.ourResult" evaluates to true, is it safe to assume that this share is valid and should be counted for rewards?).

Yes that should be a safe assumption except for the bug you pointed out Smiley... Actually the check should just be entry.ourResult.  Currently reason is left null for a valid share and I can see no reason why it would change but it's possible in future the reason field may be used for some sort of meta data.  entry.ourResult is intended to be guaranteed to reflect share valid/invalid from the pool's perspective.  


So when phoenix finds a share, it takes the nonce and submits it, but then increases the nonce by 1 and submits that "share" as well, and then continues until it has reached nonce+20.

I actually find 20 shares in my table when only one should be valid, and they all have "our_result == 1".
Maybe the problem is with Res.getEasyDifficultyTargetAsInteger()?

Thanks for the report.  I'm a bit befuddled to be honest since the validation code hashes the solution before checking.  Any chance you could send me the modded phoenix file?  And let me know what version?  Or if you can tell me the version jand which file it's in if the code you quoted is verbatim.

You didn't happen to have useEasiestDifficulty=true in your properties file did you?  If so could you set it false and test again? useEasiestDifficulty sets difficult so only 2 hashes are required on avg to get a solution.  It's intended for load testing only and should have been set false in the sample properties file but as with the license I forgot to update Wink

I think for next version I might change the property to useRidiculouslyEasyTargetButDontIfThisIsARealPool so it's more obvious that's it's not the same thing as rewritedifficulty in pushpool.

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August 18, 2011, 01:30:35 PM
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I'm a little confused as well, because I see the hashing code in WorkProxy.java. But since I'm not so experienced with bitcoin hash targets, BigInter.compareTo and your .getEasyDifficultyTargetAsInteger(), I'm not sure what's wrong!

This is from my properties file, and it's the only line that sets useEasiestDifficulty: (And it is actually a hg clone from yesterday, so I think it was set to false all the time):
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useEasiestDifficulty=false

Maybe some more details on what I do/get:
 * Start PoolServerJ with empty shares table
 * Start cheating Phoenix (see below)
 * Wait until Phoenix reports "[18/08/2011 15:15:21] Result: b464f013 accepted" (this will appear only once, but phoenix will send 20 getwork-answers)
 * See PoolServerJ log something like this 20 times: "Forced work submission upstream: 00000001a55604a05d5f30c4d1784f38bd1e1389f3[..]" with slightly changed nonce each time
 * Now PoolServerJ logs 20x "work submit success, result: false"
 * A few seconds later, PoolServerJ flushes the shares to MySQL and indeed, 20 valid shares are now in the table

(I'm not sure if this indicates there's another problem somewhere, but a lot of "RETRY" is sometimes mixed into the debug log output)


I'm using a pretty old SVN checkout of phoenix (I prefer poclbm, but I had a phoenix start script for localhost sitting around, so I used it), it's r101 I believe. However the newest git should be fine as well:
https://github.com/jedi95/Phoenix-Miner/
In KernelInterface.py, change foundNonce.

Original code from git:
Code:
       if self.checkTarget(hash, nr.unit.target):
            formattedResult = pack('<76sI', nr.unit.data[:76], nonce)
            d = self.miner.connection.sendResult(formattedResult)

Cheating code (as always with python, tabs/indents are important, not sure if this was copied correctly):
Code:
       if self.checkTarget(hash, nr.unit.target):
            for bad in range(nonce, nonce+20):
           formattedResult = pack('<76sI', nr.unit.data[:76], bad)
           d = self.miner.connection.sendResult(formattedResult)


Edit:
Are you sure Res.getEasyDifficultyTargetAsInteger()=115792089237316195423570985008687907853269984665640564039457584007908834672640 is correct?
I thought it would be 0xffff0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 for a difficulty-1-share, or 26959535291011309493156476344723991336010898738574164086137773096960 according to wolfram alpha.

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August 18, 2011, 02:06:04 PM
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hmmm... if useEasiestDifficulty != true then

easyDifficultyTargetString = "ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff00000000"
easyDifficultyTargetAsInteger = new BigInteger(easyDifficultyTargetString, 16);

Which is basically just parsing the hex string...

There's no other reference to either variable through any codepath.... I'll have a more detailed look in the morning but I' think that string is wrong?  Not sure where I got that from...

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August 19, 2011, 10:24:50 AM
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Edit:
Are you sure Res.getEasyDifficultyTargetAsInteger()=115792089237316195423570985008687907853269984665640564039457584007908834672640 is correct?
I thought it would be 0xffff0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 for a difficulty-1-share, or 26959535291011309493156476344723991336010898738574164086137773096960 according to wolfram alpha.

I worked it out (thanks to luke-jr for the handholding).. I had the endianess around the wrong way when setting the easy target string and converting to a BigInteger.  I've made a fix now and will create a new release shortly.

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That's great! And thanks, Luke.



Edit to prevent double post:
There seems to be a (or even two more) different bug(s) related to counting invalid shares as valids. This time, I changed Phoenix to submit every share 10 times with a delay of 1 sec between sends (I'm not sure if the delay works, it might send them instantly..). The first share was counted as "valid" two times, and "invalid" two times as well, so a total of 4 shares were recognized. I'm not sure if phoenix stopped sending the share after the 4th time, or otherwise 6 shares were sent but not registered as valid/invalid.

I assume phoenix then found a second nonce in the same getwork, this time producing 10 valid shares. That bug is probably in WorkProxy.java, line ~186.
Code:
if (entry.solutions == null) {
entry.solutions = new ArrayList(10);
entry.solutions.add(data);
} else if (entry.solutions.contains(data)) {
return buildGetWorkSubmitResponse((Integer) request.getId(), false, "duplicate");
}
When the second share of the same getwork is received, "entry.solutions != null" and "entry.solutions.contains(data) == false", so the second share is accepted (this is correct behaviour). However, unless this happens elsewhere in the code, the second nonce is *not* added to entry.solutions, so it can be sent infinitely often and will award a valid share every time.

Moving "entry.solutions.add(data);" below that if/else if should fix this. There's still the problem with the first nonce in a getwork accepted multiple times, but not infinitely often.


Update:
python does not respect my time.sleep(1), so  all the nonces are sent without delay. The problem with identical shares being accepted multiple times could be a race condition. This is from the phoenix log:
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[19/08/2011 18:19:31] Result: e36b1881 accepted        
[19/08/2011 18:19:31] Result: e36b1881 accepted        // and indeed, this share was logged twice by PoolServerJ as "valid"
[19/08/2011 18:19:31] Result: e36b1881 rejected        
[19/08/2011 18:19:31] Result: e36b1881 rejected        
[19/08/2011 18:19:31] Result: e36b1881 rejected        
[.. 5 more rejects]
The rejects are not logged in PoolServerJ, so I guess they fail because of connection issues (sending 10 shares at the same moment might cause problems in phoenix).

Yet another update:
My suggestion to move "entry.solutions.add(data);" below the if/else if is wrong, it should probably go pretty far down the validation method, maybe after checking the hash. That should fix the double-accepts.
Are "duplicate" rejects not getting logged on purpose? Smiley (Omg, I'm spamming this thread, sorry!)

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August 19, 2011, 11:53:06 PM
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spam away.. It's very helpful.  The faster we can find all the bugs the sooner it's ready for production use.  I'll have a detailed look at all this now.  I would have last night but got hit by the flu from hell and had to go to bed...

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August 20, 2011, 04:10:21 AM
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This release contains some fix's and updates essential for anyone running a live pool.  Please read the changelog for details.

[0.2.8]
- implement 'include' in properties to allow seperation of config blocks into different files for easy changeover
- add check for duplicate solution on submit
- changed 'stale-work' to 'stale' for pushpool compatibility
- change property name 'useEasiestDifficulty' to 'useRidiculouslyEasyTargetForTesingButDONTIfThisIsARealPool' to make is clear this isn't the same as pushpools 'rpc.target.rewrite'
- crude support for share counter table updates rather than full submits.
- fix: cache size set to 1/2 maxCacheSize due to partially implement dynamic cache sizing
- fix: shares accepted below difficulty due to endian issues setting difficulty target. (thanks luke-jr for the help)
- fix: duplicate work checks not working properly due to race conditions.  Moved atomic duplicate check/update operations into synchronized block.
- fix: duplicate work not being logged
- updated json-rpc and utils libs
- update sample properties file to reflect recent changes.

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