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I use bitcoin core infrequently. I don't want to have it running all the time, but I'm willing to (for now) devote disk space to having it stay current. I'd like to be relatively current whenever I do start it up, without being weeks behind.
What I'd like to do is:
- Once a week or so, start bitcoin-core up.
- Have it shut down once it's caught up (I guess defined as "when the latest transaction is less than an hour old).
I know how to handle step one (via cron/launchd/etc). What I don't know how to do is step 2: either having it terminate automatically, or using some kind of CLI-command to check the sync status every so often.
If the answer to this is "put in a feature request to bitcoin core", then I'd be looking for workarounds/alternate methods to use until that worked.
For the record, I'm on OSX, but in theory this question applies to all variants of the client.