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Mining Bitcoin on FreeBSD

Added by Daniel Curtis over 3 years ago. Updated over 3 years ago.

Status:
Closed
Priority:
Normal
Assignee:
Category:
Cryptocurrency
Target version:
Start date:
04/12/2017
Due date:
% Done:

100%

Estimated time:
1.50 h
Spent time:

Description

This is a guide for setting up and mining bitcoin on FreeBSD 10. This is not a comprehensive guide and is meant for educational purposes. YMMV

Prepare the Environment

  • Make sure the system is up to date:
    pkg update && pkg upgrade
    
  • Install sudo:
    pkg install sudo
    
  • Create a bitcoin user and group:
    pw add group bitcoin
    pw add user -n bitcoin -g bitcoin -s /sbin/nologin -c "Bitcoin" 
    

Install Bitcoin Daemon

  • Install bitcoin-daemon:
    pkg install bitcoin-daemon bitcoin-utils
    
  • Create a basic bitcoin config file:
    vi /usr/local/etc/bitcoin.conf
    
    • And set the following parameters:
      rpcuser=bitcoinrpc
      rpcpassword=SuperSecretPassword
      rpcallowip=127.0.0.1
      rpcport=2300
      daemon=1
      server=1
      gen=0
      
  • Create the bitcoin data directory:
    mkdir /var/db/bitcoind
    chown bitcoin:bitcoin /var/db/bitcoind
    
  • Start and enable the server at boot:
    echo 'bitcoind_user="bitcoin"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    echo 'bitcoind_group="bitcoin"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    echo 'bitcoind_data="/var/db/bitcoind"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    echo 'bitcoind_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf
    service bitcoind start
    

Useful Commands

  • Get blockchain and network stats
    sudo -u bitcoin bitcoin-cli -conf=/usr/local/etc/bitcoin.conf getblockchaininfo
    sudo -u bitcoin bitcoin-cli -conf=/usr/local/etc/bitcoin.conf getnetworkinfo
    sudo -u bitcoin bitcoin-cli -conf=/usr/local/etc/bitcoin.conf getnettotals
    
  • Create a new bitcoin address and retrieve the address:
    sudo -u bitcoin bitcoin-cli -conf=/usr/local/etc/bitcoin.conf getnewaddress "MyBitcoin" 
    sudo -u bitcoin bitcoin-cli -conf=/usr/local/etc/bitcoin.conf getaccountaddress "MyBitcoin" 
    
  • Get wallet info:
    sudo -u bitcoin bitcoin-cli -conf=/usr/local/etc/bitcoin.conf getwalletinfo
    
  • Get help:
    sudo -u bitcoin bitcoin-cli -conf=/usr/local/etc/bitcoin.conf help
    

NOTE: To ensure you DO NOT lose your wallet, make sure to keep a backup of /var/db/bitcoind/wallet.dat in a safe and secure location.

  • Get the blockchain size used on disk:
    du -ch /var/db/bitcoind/blocks/
    
  • Check the blockchain download progress:
    tail -f /var/db/bitcoind/debug.log
    

Install Bitcoin GUI Client

  • NOTE: This is an optional step used in a graphical environment.
  • Install bitcoin:
    pkg install bitcoin
    

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History

#1 Updated by Daniel Curtis over 3 years ago

  • Description updated (diff)
  • % Done changed from 0 to 70
  • Status changed from New to In Progress

#2 Updated by Daniel Curtis over 3 years ago

  • Description updated (diff)
  • % Done changed from 70 to 100
  • Status changed from In Progress to Resolved

#3 Updated by Daniel Curtis over 3 years ago

  • Status changed from Resolved to Closed

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