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July 20, 2012, 06:13:50 AM
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I'm using rpc to access remote wallets, and I want to ensure those wallets are encrypted before I store any details about how to access them.

Currently I'm calling getnewaddress and then dumpprivkey with that address, and if dumpprivkey returns an error I assume that the wallet is encrypted. If it gives me a private key, I assume the wallet is not encrypted.

This is a pretty terrible way of testing whether a wallet is encrypted.

Does anyone have a suggested 'best practice' way to achieve my goal?
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July 20, 2012, 06:30:38 AM
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Does anyone have a suggested 'best practice' way to achieve my goal?

yes.  write a patch.
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July 20, 2012, 06:36:03 AM
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Kind of ugly still, but better than what you're doing:

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$ bitcoind walletpassphrase '' 1 # not encrypted
error: {"code":-15,"message":"Error: running with an unencrypted wallet, but walletpassphrase was called."}
$ bitcoind walletpassphrase '' 1 # encrypted and locked
error: {"code":-1,"message":"walletpassphrase <passphrase> <timeout>\nStores the wallet decryption key in memory for <timeout> seconds."}
$ bitcoind walletpassphrase '' 1 # encrypted an unlocked
error: {"code":-17,"message":"Error: Wallet is already unlocked."}

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July 20, 2012, 06:51:01 AM
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Kind of ugly still, but better than what you're doing:

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$ bitcoind walletpassphrase '' 1 # not encrypted
error: {"code":-15,"message":"Error: running with an unencrypted wallet, but walletpassphrase was called."}
$ bitcoind walletpassphrase '' 1 # encrypted and locked
error: {"code":-1,"message":"walletpassphrase <passphrase> <timeout>\nStores the wallet decryption key in memory for <timeout> seconds."}
$ bitcoind walletpassphrase '' 1 # encrypted an unlocked
error: {"code":-17,"message":"Error: Wallet is already unlocked."}


Excellent thanks a lot for this suggestion, it's definitely better than what I was doing. Not sure why I didn't think to do this in the first place.
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