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I would like to try to download and compile a barebones variation of the Bitcoin daemon. Specifically, I'd would prefer to not have a copy of the code with any GUI implementation.

Does such a reliable, and maintained, forked project exist on Github or any where else?

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    Any reason why you don't want the GUI code at all? You can just compile bitcoind, which doesn't include the GUI or or any dependency on GUI libraries. – Pieter Wuille Aug 23 '13 at 17:07
  • @PieterWuille: I'm looking for a clean codebase because I want to implement my own GUI interface. In short, I want to start with "nothing". Is bitcoind in a separate project, or will I need to weed out all of the unnecessary code from the github project? – RLH Aug 23 '13 at 17:19
  • The simple solution is go get the Github linux version meant to be compiled with QT and go over the dot pro file. Consider it the ' build the program in to a GUI ' form of file with the added benifit of all the rest of the needed files in source directories. I have had to do something similar for another currency just to get it to compile in Ubuntu. – nybbler905 Aug 23 '13 at 19:48
  • Bitcoind is Bitcoin-Qt without the GUI code. It is in the same repository, but all GUI code is in the qt directory. Just ignore it if you want to. – Pieter Wuille Aug 23 '13 at 21:22
  • @PieterWuille shouldn't you post your reply as an answer? – T9b Sep 2 '13 at 22:49
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Yes. If you compile the bitcoin client using the following commands, it will not build the GUI components:

./autogen.sh
./configure --without-gui
make

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