running $ bitcoind -server just hangs, when I look at my debug.log file it's going really crazy:

2016-03-19 01:26:51 UpdateTip: new best=00000000000005f9ff6fe1e9e19f6f64dd9c1167077b7de4b93146df2e6f1004  height=192099  log2_work=68.48247  tx=5576861  date=2012-08-03 09:07:41 progress=0.022371  cache=46.6MiB(128445tx)

The docs show me that running bitcoind should have asked me to set a password, but I never got that. Is something going wrong? Thanks

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The documentation on bitcoin.org is currently out of date.

As of Bitcoin Core 0.12, there is no need for the rpcuser and rpcpassword in bitcoin.conf anymore, as cookie authentication is now used when they are not present.

  • Thanks, I'm out of upvotes but will upvote you when I get the chance again in 6h. Where can I find the most up to date docs for Bitcoin?
    – Anthony
    Mar 19, 2016 at 17:20

Turns out that $ bitcoind is just downloading the blockchain, the docs here: https://bitcoin.org/en/full-node seem to be incorrect. :\

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