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June 06, 2012, 08:07:37 PM
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It is possible to change bitcoin daemon to use less memory and disk space?
I`m thinking about loading and keeping last 24hrs of block, not a full blockchain.
It would be awesome for fresh quick installation ie to make one transaction on some random machine, also for mining (solo or local pool) purposes.

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June 06, 2012, 10:21:43 PM
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I think the "bitcoin daemon" is tied in strongly to the Satoshi client and couldn't be too easily adapted to be lighter. Have you looked into lighter clients such as Electrum? Most of them use a client/server approach so the server can quickly tell the client their transaction history without the client needing the full blockchain. Sounds like what you're looking for. Also, I don't think it would be as simple as storing the last 24 hours of blocks as a lighter blockchain. What if all of the inputs to your address took place a few days ago? How would you know how many bitcoins you had to spend? I'm pretty sure there are other technical problems with transaction verification and stuff, but I don't know enough details.

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June 06, 2012, 10:31:51 PM
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Electrum is a GUI client, i need only a daemon.
Mostly to make low-demanding mining host. No need for history, just get work, current block and pass found one to network Smiley

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June 06, 2012, 10:48:03 PM
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Electrum does have a full featured command line interface. You can use `electrum addresses`, `electrum balance`, and more complex commands for creating wallets, sending transactions, and so on. I have electrum and its dependencies (python and a few crypto tools) installed on a flash drive for quick command line usage.

I don't know about mining, though. I would think in mining from a pool, the pool's server would send out the block to be hashed so the clients don't need the whole blockchain. Then again, I haven't mined in ages and could be mistaken.

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June 06, 2012, 11:02:20 PM
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Yes, it have command line utility... but I`m trying to setup a p2pool node and need RPC daemon functionality. Smiley

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June 06, 2012, 11:08:49 PM
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Alrighty then, sorry I wasn't much help. Good luck with the project.

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June 07, 2012, 10:44:53 AM
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Wthout the full blockchain database, you cannot verify whether incoming blocks are valid. As a miner, it is exactly your task to do that.

If you'd use a more lightweight bitcoin node, you would potentially create blocks which contain invalid transactions, which would cause your generated blocks to be stale.

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June 07, 2012, 07:05:40 PM
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RU sure? In my understanding of protocol only last valid block is need to try close next one.
If client will download from network last 100 blocks and verify them what are the odds that something will be wrong? To make it potentially dangerous someone have to create many invalid blocks in chain in network - and this is impossible.

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June 07, 2012, 08:24:19 PM
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There are different levels of checking of the blocks.

You can check whether the block is well formed by checking the nonce is correct and that the previous block hash in the new block actually matches a previous block you have received.  This is the level of checking that the lightweight clients typically do.

The miners do a much deeper check - they go through each transaction checking that each of the inputs is actually available to spend (ie no other transaction ANYWHERE spends it). To do this level of checking you need all the transactions i.e the whole blockchain.

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June 07, 2012, 09:17:59 PM
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Miners have to do that? I`m not convinced... Last time I check miners only searching nonce to close current block on network, not digging in history to check that transaction is possible.
But in fact checking for possibility of transaction is doable is on bitcoin client side... Thin client I thinking of need have that ability (sending BTC) disabled - because he can not check for that...
In  fact  for thin mining daemon I need:
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getaccountaddress
getblock
getblockcount
getblockhash
getblocknumber
getdifficulty
getinfo
getmininginfo
getwork

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June 07, 2012, 10:36:25 PM
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Say you are bitcoin node and only know about the last 100 blocks.

I send you a transaction that double spends a transaction output from a block 200 blocks ago. If you put it into your block, solve it and broadcast it, it would not get accepted by other nodes as it has a double spend in it.  You have to eliminate that transaction from your list of unconfirmed transactions that you are solving for.

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June 07, 2012, 10:41:47 PM
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Ok, my bad. Looks like I not read scpec too carefully...
It is impossible then?

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June 08, 2012, 09:38:19 AM
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I think the confusion comes from what you understand under "miner".

Originally, it meant a bitcoind node that ran generation routines. After time, the generation code was split off to specialized programs that communicate with bitcoind using getwork. After time, that bitcoind became hidden behind a pool interface, and the only thing miners did was connect somewhere to request a candidate block, and check nonces.

However, when you're mining using p2pool, you need to run that bitcoind yourself. The fact that miners do verify transactions before putting them in a block is essential to the bitcoin system. You risk creating a block that will not be accepted by other nodes.

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June 08, 2012, 09:59:31 AM
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BUT you could create Blocks without Transaction, just generating the 50BTC Smiley

Uncool but sure possible without the hole blockchain Smiley
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June 08, 2012, 10:43:41 AM
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However, when you're mining using p2pool, you need to run that bitcoind yourself. The fact that miners do verify transactions before putting them in a block is essential to the bitcoin system. You risk creating a block that will not be accepted by other nodes.
Then if I found a block I need to verify all transactions inside it b4 I can spread "block solved" message?
Looks like my idea is a fail :/

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