The instructions for installing the non-ubuntu linux bitcoind read as follows:

Before using the Bitcoin Core daemon, bitcoind, you need to create its configuration file with a user name and password. First create the .bitcoin directory, create (touch) the file, and set the file’s permissions so that only your user account can read it. From your terminal or console, type:

mkdir ~/.bitcoin
touch ~/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf
chmod 600 ~/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf

Then you can run the command bitcoind. It will print output similar to this:

Error: To use the "-server" option, you must set a rpcpassword in the configuration file:
It is recommended you use the following random password:
(you do not need to remember this password)
The username and password MUST NOT be the same.
If the file does not exist, create it with owner-readable-only file permissions.
It is also recommended to set alertnotify so you are notified of problems;
for example: alertnotify=echo %s | mail -s "Bitcoin Alert" admin@foo.com

I did this, but it does not return the expected message. Instead the software just hangs and does not appear to be doing anything at all. What should I do?

  • In fact, the software is working fine, just not showing any output. If you check debug.log you'll see it is working. See the comment above. Jun 28 '16 at 14:49

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