I recently downloaded Bitcoin Core for OSX, sent a payment to my wallet address, then waited for the client to complete a sync. About 2 days later and w/ only 8 weeks to go, the client froze. Upon restart, it only gets to "Activating Best Chain" and won't open fully.

I've seen related answers to this question in the forum, but I think they're all for Windows machines.

I do have my wallet encrypted.

I'd like to export my wallet to another client, but apparently am not using the correct inputs in console. Any help much appreciated.


...and when I try to run: getwalletpassword "pwd" 600 the application crashes and I have to restart. So it doesn't look like the standard way to get my privkey out will work.

  • Have you looked at the debug.log file? Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 14:37

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I've just fixed the same problem by deleting a circular symlink:

lrwxr-xr-x    1 2can  staff       17 Mar  7  2015 bootstrap.dat.old -> bootstrap.dat.old

in my data folder. The db.log file contained only one repeating error:

Too many levels of symbolic links

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