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This is a newbie question, sorry. I recently bought Bitcoin and thought I would do something to support the system that I have invested money in. So I bought the hardware to run a full node. I just finished installing a full node on an Ubuntu machine. The IBD finished. Full txn idx, everything. I didn’t see any obvious errors. Everything seems fine. Blocks seem to be keeping up when viewed using Bitcoin-cli. I don’t see obvious errors in the debug.log. I’m going to let it run 24/7. Could someone please tell me exactly how I verify (sanity check) this install and runtime so that I know it is actually working and useful. What do I look for to see that it is keeping up with new data, is consistent and being used correctly. Pointless if it is not. Thanks.

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  • How do you know IBD finished? Commented Aug 17, 2021 at 23:18
  • sorry, getting used to this system .... @Pieter, When I started the IBD, I got messages in the debug.log that told me when headers and then blocks had finished loading. Sorry, I cannot post the messages here as they have rolled off the log. Next, if I issue the command bitcoin-cli getblockchaininfo, I see the following in the output ... "initialblockdownload": false ... and the output also show the number of headers and blocks to be the same value , but increasing as time goes on. That all looks good but I was looking for a definitive way to check the health of my install and run-time.
    – Steerpike
    Commented Aug 18, 2021 at 16:21

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