I'd like to use the bitcoin client to examine some of the inner workings of bitcoin-qt (non-invasively, using gets and lists mostly). Is it possible to do this alongside the standard executable? I don't really want to download and build everything from source.
TL;DR: Yes, "make ./src/bitcoin-cli".
The full procedure (with bitcoin-0.11.0, you may want to download a newer version if any):
cd ~/ wget https://bitcoin.org/bin/bitcoin-core-0.11.0/bitcoin-0.11.0.tar.gz sha256sum bitcoin-0.11.0.tar.gz | grep 51ba1756addfa71567559e3f22331c1d908a63571891287689fff7113035d09f tar xfz bitcoin-0.11.0.tar.gz cd bitcoin-0.11.0 ./configure --enable-hardening --disable-wallet --disable-upnp-default --without-miniupnpc make ./src/bitcoin-cli
Check that everything is fine: