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It has been 10 days since I ran bitcoind. When I opened it yesterday, I waited for about 40 minutes during which I could do not much except for waiting because my computer became so slow (high CPU usage), while bitcoin was running 'UpdateTip'. In my log file you can see about 40 minutes of this activity. Ultimately, I had to shut down my computer because I had other stuff to do. What could cause this process to be so CPU and time intensive?

Note that this is not an exceptional situation: it happens every time I open bitcoind (the longer the time between the last open, the longer it takes to run this UpdateTip thing).

Please note that I download the new database files by ryncing them from another computer - in case that may affect the situation.

Here is my log file:

2014-07-24 15:36:02 Bitcoin version v0.9.2.1-g354c0f3-beta (Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:51:15 +0200)
2014-07-24 15:36:02 Using OpenSSL version OpenSSL 1.0.1h 5 Jun 2014
2014-07-24 15:36:02 Using BerkeleyDB version Berkeley DB 5.3.28: (September  9, 2013)
2014-07-24 15:36:02 Default data directory /home/jny/.bitcoin
2014-07-24 15:36:02 Using data directory /home/jny/.bitcoin
2014-07-24 15:36:02 Using at most 125 connections (1024 file descriptors available)
2014-07-24 15:36:02 Using 2 threads for script verification
2014-07-24 15:36:02 Using wallet wallet.dat
2014-07-24 15:36:02 init message: Verifying wallet...
2014-07-24 15:36:02 CDBEnv::Open : LogDir=/home/jny/.bitcoin/database ErrorFile=/home/jny/.bitcoin/db.log
2014-07-24 15:36:02 init message: Loading block index...
2014-07-24 15:36:02 Opening LevelDB in /home/jny/.bitcoin/blocks/index
2014-07-24 15:36:03 Opened LevelDB successfully
2014-07-24 15:36:03 Opening LevelDB in /home/jny/.bitcoin/chainstate
2014-07-24 15:36:03 Opened LevelDB successfully
2014-07-24 15:36:10 LoadBlockIndexDB(): last block file = 159
2014-07-24 15:36:10 LoadBlockIndexDB(): last block file info: CBlockFileInfo(blocks=460, size=119319801, heights=311820...312279, time=2014-07-21...2014-07-24)
2014-07-24 15:36:10 LoadBlockIndexDB(): transaction index disabled
2014-07-24 15:36:10 LoadBlockIndexDB(): hashBestChain=000000000000000004cc093a27bb1b1380d669d57b7a6c702ce0984f12653062 height=308577 date=2014-06-30 07:52:18 progress=0.921759
2014-07-24 15:36:10 init message: Verifying blocks...
2014-07-24 15:36:10 Verifying last 288 blocks at level 0
2014-07-24 15:36:13 No coin database inconsistencies in last 0 blocks (0 transactions)
2014-07-24 15:36:13  block index           10521ms
2014-07-24 15:36:13 init message: Loading wallet...
2014-07-24 15:36:13 nFileVersion = 90201
2014-07-24 15:36:13 Keys: 106 plaintext, 0 encrypted, 3 w/ metadata, 106 total
2014-07-24 15:36:13  wallet                  528ms
2014-07-24 15:36:13 init message: Rescanning...
2014-07-24 15:36:13 Rescanning last 4 blocks (from block 308573)...
2014-07-24 15:36:14  rescan                  107ms
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(... running out of space so skipping a whole bunch of them...)
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When Bitcoin detects that there are blocks in its block database that have not yet been processed, it processes them all at startup, as a recovery mechanism. It may mean that somehow blocks were downloaded, but the node crashed before they were processed. So basically, you're doing all validation for the new blocks since the previous run in one go.

I presume you're syncing the blocks/* data, but not the chainstate/*? If you would synchronize the latter too, Bitcoin would have the processed result too.

If the CPU usage is too high for you, set -par=1 on the command line (or par=1 in bitcoin.conf), which will limit validation to a single thread/core (meaning it will take longer as well).

Evidence: the 'last block file' log line mentions heights up to 312279, but the initial best tip (=up to where the chainstate is computed) has height 308577.

  • You are very right... I am not syncing the chainstate/* directories! This must be it. Let me try to figure out how to do that, but I'll ask a question about that in another thread as not to confuse the topic. – Reinstate Monica Jul 25 '14 at 12:10
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In an earlier Version of bitcoin-qt the line was the following:

SetBestChain: new best=0000000000000419f719 height=212580 work=666804971104474944731

From: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=136628.0

In the log messages, new best is the start of the hash of the block that it considers to be the head of the best chain, height is the length of the path through the tree, and work is the sum of the work embedded in that path.

It basically means that your client received a new best blockchain, so a new block was found. You can compare those log entries, they will allways increase in height.

I'm not sure why this is CPU intense for you, i didn't recognized this at my client yet. There is no way to remove this function because its a fundamental one of bitcoin-qt client and the bitcoin protocol. Also making it less CPU intense can only be done by changing the source of the client and this would most likely make it take even longer.

  • It's not receiving a new best block; it already has it at startup. Otherwise, yes, this is what it is doing. – Pieter Wuille Jul 25 '14 at 11:39

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