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In this file

https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/blob/master/doc/build-osx.md

Before running, it's recommended you create an RPC configuration file.

Why?

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I believe this suggestion is dates from before cookie authentication existed, and is not needed anymore.

Before, it was impossible to use the RPC protocol to send commands to a running bitcoind/bitcoin-qt instance if no username and password were configured.

Since the introduction of cookie authentication, this is no longer needed.

  • Thanks for the info! Could you, if you have time, do a PR to have that obsolete suggestion removed from the .md file? Otherwise I could do it, but I would refer to your answer here anyway. – XMR-XMR Jun 17 '17 at 20:48

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