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When I go to bitcoind using "bitcoind -daemon" in Windows 7, it won't run in the background. When I type that, it just sits there and does nothing. If I keep it like that and open another command prompt and use eg. "bitcoind getpeerinfo" , it says it can't get a lock on some directory.

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What are you expecting it to do? It is a daemon (server) that is waiting for RPC connections on port 8333.

Your bitcoin.conf needs to have configured the rpcuser and rpcpassword. Then you can access the bitcoin API.

With Bitcoin-Qt version 0.7 and higher, the Debug window gives you access to run a console, so you don't need to run bitcoind if you are just trying to execute some commands interactively.

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Thanks, I didn't really know what to expect from bitcoind. I thought it would return a response. – Joseph Havens Nov 4 '12 at 13:09

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