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Is it possible to run RPC commands without installing the entire Bitcoind

I am interested to run bitcoin mining https://github.com/jgarzik/pyminer/blob/master/pyminer.py , I understand that it inherently calls bitcoind to run some RPC commands to broadcast once a nonce is ...
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How do I reduce the size of these pruned nodes?

I have these nodes pruned to their minimum (500MB and 2.2GB for Dogecoin) but as you can see they're still relatively large for their prune size. How can I reduce their size further? # du -shc /home/...
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Reclaim disk space in Bitcoin Core full node

I have a few stacks: full-node Bitcoin Core + Fulcrum. Because of Fulcrum, I have to use txindex, so it's not a pruning node. The current disk size is 644 GiB for all Bitcoin Core nodes. Do you know ...
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Why is a bitcoin node pruned to 550MB taking up 10GB+?

Why is a bitcoin node pruned to 550MB taking up 10GB+? $ du -smc blocks chainstate index | sort -g 0 index 849 blocks 10325 chainstate 11174 total
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Bitcoin network: data-intensive or compute-intensive system?

Is it more accurate to consider the Bitcoin network a data-intensive system due to the massive amount of data that must be stored by miners, or instead, a compute-intensive system due to the PoW and ...
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Size of the `chainstate/` dir vary from node to node

I run 2 nodes: a non-pruned, txindex=1 node that has been running for years (I can't tell exactly but I think I have been moving the same datadir around since 2014/15), core v23.0.0 a pruned node ...
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How long does it normally take to set up a test node? How much of your disk is utilized?

I did a complete factory reset on my computer and simply started over. I have a Aorus 5SE with windows 11. I am using VirtualBox 7.0.6 and Ubuntu 20.04. My new virtual machine has 4GB of base memory, ...
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Do I need to download the entire blockchain in order to use bitcoin-cli?

I want to try and compile and run bitcoin-cli locally. Do I need to download the entire blockchain first?
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What data structure is used to store the bitcoin transactions in the blockchain?

In what data structure are bitcoin transactions stored in the blockchain? That vout and vin thing shown on blockexplorers is in json format. So, in the code, what data structure is used since in the ...
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How can I keep my disk usage under control when regularly running the Bitcoin Core functional tests?

What directories should I delete regularly to keep my disk usage under control when regularly running Bitcoin Core and the unit/functional tests?
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What do you think about "squashing" the blockchain?

So for some time i was thinking about a process where you "squash" the blockchain. This would reduce its size significantly while maintaining integrity. The process would look like this: ...
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How can I pick the data directory of Bitcoin Core on Windows 10?

I'm using Bitcoin Core on Windows 10. Despite setting it up in a folder on my larger drive, it's eating all the space on my SSD. How do I direct the blockchain to the drive I want?
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Why binary trees? Is there any particular benefit to using binary trees instead of some higher radix?

Bitcoin stores transactions in binary Merkle trees. They take O(log2 n) to traverse. If I used something like a ternary tree, where each node (including the root) references three branches/leaves ...
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How can the compressed UTXO set be stored in just 4GB?

According to S. Delgado-Segura, C. Pérez-Sola, G. Navarro-Arribas, J. Herrera-Joancomartí, "Analysis of the Bitcoin UTXO set", Financial Cryptography and Data Security, pp. 78-91, 2019, the ...
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What if the blockchain saved space by trimming input txs on each transaction?

At each block there is a determined set of unspent transaction outputs. Each new transaction specifies the unspent outputs it's going to spend in the format tx_id:output_index. tx_id is 32 bytes. If ...
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Does every node have a whole copy of the blockchain?

As I read in this blog article, in a blockchain "each node has a copy of all transactions ever made". This to me seems impossible, bitcoin has existed for a long time, and the memory size of ...
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Will the size of a Bitcoin Core full node be too big to run on a normal computer?

I am a Bitcoin enthusiast, with no background knowledge in computer science and cryptography. I once ran Bitcoin Core on my laptop but realized that it occupied too much space on my computer. I ...
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Is it possible to share blockchain data between multiple nodes?

I'm planning to create a Raspberry Pi Cluster in order to run several bitcoin nodes. Can I share parts of the ~/.bitcoin/ folder in order to not have to store the entire hundreds of GB for each of the ...
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I am unable to sync with the network because I have too little disk space

I downloaded Bîtcoin Core on a laptop without knowing it takes up a lot of space and my laptop has only 128 GB disk space. It keeps saying "low disk space" so it won't sync. I sent lots of bitcoins ...
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Why is the Litecoin blockchain smaller than the Bitcoin one?

I do not understand why Litecoin's blockchain size is an order of magnitude smaller than Bitcoin's. Indeed according to this link the Bitcoin blockchain requires 196.52 GB and Litecoin's 16.55 GB. In ...
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Full block chain on a mobile phone

The full block chain size is currently roughly 145GB, I can handle such a download in a laptop or a desktop pc but how does it work on a mobile? I cannot download such an amount of data into my phone, ...
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How to save the bitcoin core (bitcoin-qt) database for later?

Say I've received some Bitcoin using the Bitcoin Core wallet on some linux machine. Say I'm done playing for now. So now I want to free some disk space by deleting the huge database from this machine ...
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Blockchain size problem

According to my understanding, the ledger/blockchain is stored on every computer (node) that partakes in the network. The beauty of this system is that it is decentralised and backed up by every ...
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What is the memory every node allocates locally for the Bitcoin blockchain?

https://blockchain.info/charts/blocks-size states that the current size of the Bitcoin blockchain is ~134,000MB. That is 127GB. Does that mean that every machine that is mining currently allocates ...
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Do I need 145GB disk space to validate and relay transactions with Bitcoin Core?

I wish to withdraw my bitcoin to an external wallet address under my control. I have downloaded a wallet software (Bitcoin Core) but I read that it's a full node that validates and relays transactions ...
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How Can the Bitcoin Wallet Blockchain Size Be So Small?

I have recently been studying more in-depth how bitcoin actually operates, and I have repeatedly heard that the blockchain in its entirety is many Gigabytes in size. As such, how can the storage space ...
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Can I use Armory without having the Blockchain in my laptop?

I just started (to try) to use Bitcoin and the first issue I face is that I need to download the 100+ GB blockchain in order to use any of the wallets, such as Armory. This can take a very long time ...
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How is the ledger stored on every node?

I read different sourcing claiming the size of the blockchain for bitcoin. Some says it's 8GB, some a 100GB and some 800GB. Now I'm wondering do all the miners computers (nodes) have to store it ...
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SPV clients - how much does occupy the full blockchain headers?

Does a spv client need to download the full blockchain headers? how much does it occupy? is it better for security? I saw a blockchain-headers file in my android wallet that only occupies -30MB.
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Does Armory work with a pruned copy of the blockchain?

I'm recovering a wallet from Armory and the blockchain is taking too much space. My HD is 500 GB big but none of my partitions have more then 70 GB left. The folder .bitcoin/blocks already uses 37 GB ...
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Why are blk*.dat files ~134200000 bytes?

I understand that blocks are stored on disk across multiple blk*.dat files, but why is the maximum file size roughly 134,200,000 bytes? What's the reason behind this file size? Where can I find this ...
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Wouldn't the blockchain size become a bottleneck if all payments happened on Bitcoin?

I am learning about Bitcoin. I understand that bitcoins are stored on a ledger, and the ledger itself is widely distributed and available to all parties. I also understand that the ledger stores all ...
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bitcoind crashing due to insufficient memory?

EDIT 3 Bumping my VPS to 1GB of physical RAM stopped the crashing issue... UNTIL said VPS ran out of disc space. I added prune=10240 to my ~/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf file such that the blockchain file ...
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Do I need to keep all blocks when running Bitcoin Core?

Do I need to keep all blocks, from block 0 up to the current one, when running Bitcoin Core, either as a full node or not? Or can I just keep the more recent blocks to save space?
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How to speed up initial block chain sync using SSD without wasting space?

I have a 60GB SSD as my Windows system drive, which isn't enough to save the entire blockchain to. I installed BitCoin Core (bitcoin-qt) and set the data directory to be on my 2TB HDD. However, the ...
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How much extra disk space does txindex=1 require?

For example for a 1 MB block, does the extra Tx index database take up another 100 kB on average? And a follow-up: once my node has completed -reindex after setting txindex=1 can I COPY the ...
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What hardware requirements does a SPV client have?

I read about SPVs here that: [A SPV] client downloads a complete copy of the headers for all blocks in the entire block chain. This means that the download and storage requirements scale linearly ...
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How will Bitcoin and the Blockchain scale in the future?

I wonder how the whole Bitcoin blockchain system will scale in the future. Given the fact that the size of the blockchain will grow exponentially (roughly a tenfold every ~3 years, looking at the ...
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How to calculate the size of the blockchain?

I want to find the size of the blockchain data. I've been using this Linux command: du --exclude=index /home/me/.bitcoin/blocks/ Is this the most accurate way to do it? And does dividing the result ...
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How do I relocate my bitcoin data in bitcoin-qt to save space?

I am a rather new Bitcoin user, running bitcoin-qt on Linux. However, due to limited disk space, the application is taking up too much of my drive. I'm guessing this is due to the ever-expanding ...
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What are spent transactions?

Satoshi's paper says: Once the latest transaction in a coin is buried under enough blocks, the spent transactions before it can be discarded to save disk space. What are spent transactions?
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Blockchain over 36GB and causing disk space issues

I want to install the bitcoind daemon on a computer with relatively little free space (about 35GB available). I thought that the blockchain was some 20 GB in size and figured that would be no problem, ...
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How much space does deduplication save?

Suppose you have multiple computers on the same network. Also, you use a block-level (note that 'block' is different in this context than what it usually means in Bitcoin) deduplication filesystem ...
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bitcoind getrawmempool without downloading the full blockchain

I'm running bitcoind from a small virtual machine on digitialocean. I'm interested only in looking at the new transactions in bitcoind getrawmempool Is there a way to get these transactions without ...
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How To Lower The Disk Space Needed For Full Blockchain?

I'm looking to run bitcoind on a virtual machine. However the main nets Blockchain size is over 21GB, and growing. Is there a way to compress this down or lower the amount of disk-space needed for ...
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How much space needed to run Bitcoin daemon in amazon AMI?

How much space needed to run Bitcoin daemon in amazon AMI(ubuntu 12.04), I am currently having 20GB is that enough suppose i want to run multiple coin daemon say 6 coin daemons how much space(approx) ...
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How much space does the blockchain take up per day and per hour when running bitcoinQT on my computer?

the blockchain is about 20GB today, but i was wondering how much space does it take up each day if i were to leave bitcoinqt on regularly? also by hour? reason why im asking is im thinking about just ...
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safely delete the blockchain from .bitcoin directory

I have bitcoind installed and I'd like to free up space by deleting the blockchain from my .bitcoin directory. What set of files and directories should I delete such that the next time I start ...
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Can Bitcoin-Qt be configured to trim the blockchain?

I run Bitcoin-Qt and Bitcoin Armory on a laptop. I don't have the space to store the whole 20 GB (or however big it is now) blockchain. I understand the need to run through the entire thing for ...
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As of today Jan-2014. How much drive space does the following coins blockchain data take? [closed]

As of today 2014-January-05. How much drive space does each of these coins take after downloading the complete blockchain? Bitcoin Litecoin PPCoin Florincoin Philosopher Stone Norbits Anonymous Coin ...
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