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September 26, 2011, 02:30:12 AM
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i've been using this software for a while and had no problems but just recently it suddenly stopped downloading the block chain.

since a few days ago it no longer syncs at all.

any ideas how to get it going again?
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September 26, 2011, 03:04:49 AM
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For what it is worth I have been using this program for a while with no issues.  I just fired it up on my phone and it dutifully started a block chain sync with no problems.

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September 26, 2011, 03:11:53 AM
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For what it is worth I have been using this program for a while with no issues.  I just fired it up on my phone and it dutifully started a block chain sync with no problems.

yeah it did that for me for 2 or 3 weeks, but just decided not to do that any more... and i hadn't sent/received for a long time, all i was doing was launching it once a day to get the block chain synced.

luckily, it still broadcast a transaction, so i took my coins out of it until the issue is resolved.

(still got a few cents stuck that is currently being sent to it though)
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September 26, 2011, 04:40:50 AM
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You might be able to clear its downloaded data, go to Settings > Applications > Appname, and there should be an option to 'Clear Data' ... I don't know if this will work or not, I haven't tried this client before, though. Since you've already transferred your coins out it should be safe to try this, though.

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September 26, 2011, 04:43:04 AM
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You might be able to clear its downloaded data, go to Settings > Applications > Appname, and there should be an option to 'Clear Data' ... I don't know if this will work or not, I haven't tried this client before, though. Since you've already transferred your coins out it should be safe to try this, though.

yep just 0.02 at risk at this point... so thank you i'll try it.

edit: actually that would clear my addresses too i guess. I only want to clear/reset the blockchain and see if i can get the full chain again, keeping the current keys and hence my 0.02.

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September 26, 2011, 05:40:43 AM
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Yes, if you clear data in Android app manager, you'll lose everything.

If you want only to clear the blockchain or your transactions, use in-app Options -> About -> Reset. Nothing valuable will be lost that can't be downloaded again.

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September 26, 2011, 05:44:01 AM
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Yes, if you clear data in Android app manager, you'll lose everything.

If you want only to clear the blockchain or your transactions, use in-app Options -> About -> Reset. Nothing valuable will be lost that can't be downloaded again.

Thanks i just found this... it's a very strange thing that any software would accept user input in the 'about' area, so i never expected to find user-interactive functions there, only static information.

...but full chain is slowly coming down now. 13% so far.
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September 26, 2011, 06:14:48 AM
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well that didn't work.

13% was actually as far as it got and has been stuck on 13% since my last reply.

so i quit the program, waited for the sync icon to disappear, and then launched the program again, but it's just back to how it was before - not syncing at all.
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September 26, 2011, 06:47:57 AM
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Can't say from here what the problem is.

Make sure you've got enough power, have good connectivity and enough storage space. The next version will tell why it can't download the block chain. I will upload a release candidate the next days, so you can try out.

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September 26, 2011, 07:11:25 AM
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Can't say from here what the problem is.

Make sure you've got enough power, have good connectivity and enough storage space.

well i score 3 out of 3: sitting next to router with full power, and almost brand-new phone with practically nothing else on it.

so i'll wait a bit if a new version is coming out soon, thanks Cheesy
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September 30, 2011, 02:30:14 PM
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well that didn't work.

13% was actually as far as it got and has been stuck on 13% since my last reply.

so i quit the program, waited for the sync icon to disappear, and then launched the program again, but it's just back to how it was before - not syncing at all.


When I first got the app, I found that I had to do this cycle many times before I got the complete block chain.  While it looks like it hasn't moved off 13% for you, its actually got 13% more than the last time.  So each time, the number of missing blocks is shrinking.  Another thing you could try is to add a peer (the fallback nodes) manually and then restart the software.  Older versions of the desktop clients can disconnect which I think disrupts the mobile wallet sync. By restarting or specifically connecting to a peer on a current version, you help yourself out.

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September 30, 2011, 02:33:35 PM
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I'd also like to add that this application rocks.  I've been using it for a while now and each version keeps getting better and better.

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October 01, 2011, 12:20:46 AM
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well i did end up recovering the 0.02 btc and have completely uninstalled it until the next version is available.

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October 05, 2011, 01:47:50 AM
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I'm working on my own fork for this, currently writing a patch to export private keys from the wallet, so people can store a back up if needed.

It'll be ready soon.
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October 05, 2011, 03:45:02 PM
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The block chain download problems are known about. They'll be fixed at some point. Just be aware you're still using beta (alpha-ish) software.
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November 11, 2011, 04:01:33 PM
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I'm still watching this, but still not satisfied. I've just been shown a phone on which the wallet shows inconsistent data: the transactions do not sum to the balance. What the heck? In addition, the balance is wrong, it does not agree with blockexplorer and shows coins that supposedly appeared out of nowhere.

It is usually not possible to buxfix quality into a program, and if this is done in a cryptographic context, the result is probably not secure. How does that programmer's saying go... "Do it. Do it right. Do it right now." I really like the UI, and the back-end (BitcoinJ, I assume?) does not seem to eat coins all too much, but whatever does the processing in between really needs an overhaul.

A lot of the output I saw was more than one error: the error itself, and the fact that the program doesn't output something like "Sanity check failed. Send a report to the developer, backup the last valid wallet data?"
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November 11, 2011, 04:10:00 PM
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I also have noticed that the balance in not correct.  It is way too high.  I have not downloaded the very latest so I am hoping the issue may be fixed when I download the pending version.

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November 12, 2011, 04:10:45 AM
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I also have noticed that the balance in not correct.  It is way too high.  I have not downloaded the very latest so I am hoping the issue may be fixed when I download the pending version.

I was having that issue.  I used a backup from my phone to go back to version 1.33 and the balance is fine.  After watching the wallet and doing a bit of investigating, I discovered when it would incorrectly increase the balance on the versions after 1.3:.

Imagine a scenario where you've accumulated a balance of say 5 btc to your wallet.  The wallet has been opened/closed and the balance is as it should be.  You have your wallet open and someone sends you say 1 btc.  You receive the grey'ed out "pending" notification and your balance increments by 1 to show a balance of 6btc.  You don't wait for a block and instead, you close the wallet because perhaps you have to do other things.  Some time later, you reopen the wallet because you're ready to do a transaction.  The wallet downloads the blocks to catch up from the last time, notices the 1btc transaction (from before) in a block and increments the balance by 1btc (making now 7btc).  6btc are available to send and the wallet shows 1 btc waiting for confirmations when really, there have already been confirmations, its just counting twice.

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November 14, 2011, 07:16:54 PM
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After testing it with a few coins, I thought, let's just quickly send this transaction to the phone so I can send it on from there. Big mistake. The moment I transferred the second batch of coins to it, it force closed.

Now, it force closes every time a peer connects. Over 100 BTC stuck. It's almost as if the beast waited until there was enough on it to cause extra grief.

Is it just me or is this program trying hard to fight with my morals on having added to the bounty? I can't remember any android program with half the bugs, crashes and misbehavior that this thing shows. Angry And yet we just really need it!

I'll have to get my coins out of there somehow, but how?
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November 14, 2011, 08:30:41 PM
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Could you post a stack trace? You can use the "adb" command in the Android SDK to get one.

As to bugs - Bitcoin is not a trivial thing. The app comes with health warnings for a reason. I'd NEVER recommend putting as much as 100 BTC into anything based on BitcoinJ currently. Perhaps Andreas can make that clearer in the app. It really isn't "production ready".
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