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Questions tagged [testnet]

This tag should be used for questions regarding the third Bitcoin testnet. The testnet is a network separate from the main Bitcoin network that allows developers to attempt modifications of the bitcoin protocol safely and test in-development software without risking money.

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Why must generated coins mature 120 blocks before they can be spent?

I mine bitcoin testnet blocks and I find some blocks with difficulty 1. Some examples: I mined these blocks: Block 1 Block 2 Why must generated coins mature 120 blocks before they can be spent?
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Testnet Bitcoin Generation Time

2 Parts to this. 1st - What is a typical winning block (I get coins) generation time when running on testnet. Ive done numbers with calculators and all that but given I cant work out accurately ...
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Has the TestNet ever been reset?

The Bitcoin TestNet is a network identical to Bitcoin in every respect except that the bitcoins on it are worthless because no one accepts them in payment or values them for anything other than ...
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getrawtransaction error? [Code -5]

I'm trying to read raw transactions but there is a problem; Seems like getrawtransaction only works for recent transactions, old transactions give me the next error: No information available about ...
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How do I know if my bitcoin client is mining?

I set up my bitcoin client to run on the testnet network, where I can presumably mine test bitcoins in a reasonable amount of time using only a laptop CPU. ./bitcoin-qt -testnet -gen Using top I can ...
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How to Install bitcoind 0.7.2 Server on Ubuntu for bitcoin-testnet-box

I am trying to setup a private test net with the source at: https://github.com/freewil/bitcoin-testnet-box However, it requires bitcoind 0.7.2 (the latest version is 0.8.0). I tried installing 0.7.2 ...
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Difference between bitcoin and testnet, really

Other than what is listed in the wiki, what is the difference between the two networks? Could you sell test Bitcoins for money if you could find someone willing to buy? What would happen if you ...
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How to experience the thrill of mining?

Bitcoins are hard to mine now. I've always wanted to actually earn them, but never actually gotten much of anything. I want to create my own blockchain, separate from any other networks, so that ...
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Are all the *coin networks consistent in which script actions are permitted and disabled?

The reference Bitcoin client disables several script commands (the programming within a transaction) due to possible implementation issues in the network. I think it's possible that a forked client ...
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Is the Testnet stable?

I have been recently playing with the testnet (using bitcoin-qt -testnet). I have been able to mine a few coins and do some test transfers, but I have found some problems: The coins appear sent, but ...
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Paying for testnet coins?

If testnet coins are this difficult to get, what's the chance people start throwing in some real money to speed along the process? If only to just have to not wait to test, say if you have an ...
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I'm developing on the Test network. Are there any “rules” or communication methods I should adopt?

I'm testing a C# port of the client on the Test network and need to test for a variety of conditions. Should I communicate to others regarding my actions on the network? If so, what method of ...
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How do we prevent the Test network from being misrepresented as production?

I'm concerned that people new to Bitcoin may not be aware that the test network exists, and the new users will end up "paying" for Bitcoins that are essentially worthless. What protections are in ...
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Example accepted getwork function input and output?

I'm looking for example getwork input and output of a successful block hash to verify a getwork client I've implemented. I'd also accept suggestions on better ways to verify this. I've looked at ...
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Why does vanitygen ban certain letters on testnet?

I'm guessing that vanitygen is more strict or has different rules than production's Base58 rules. Why are some of thse names marked not possible? C:\vanitygen>oclvanitygen -k -o gpukeystestout....
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How do I generate coins on testnet? CPU, GPU, FPGA? Are there pools?

Is it possible to mine coins on testnet using CPU? GPU? How about FPGAs? Are there any pools running on testnet? The reason I am looking for this is so I can master the new API's relating to ...
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Is my p2p server set up correctly? When will I see inbound connections on 8333?

I've had a Windows host up at 23.23.246.5 for both Bitcoin and Namecoin and I'd like to make sure its configured correctly. So far when I run a netstat I see the services below and a few things ...
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How can I run bitcoind on test and production networks, at the same time, on the same computer?

Bitcoin and Bitcoind will send an error if it is launched multiple times. I'm assuming this is because they share the same database and wallet. Is it possible to run two instances of Bitcoin QT / ...
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Who are the key developers, and where can I follow their progress and decision making?

I want to follow the most up to date developments of Bitcoin, (such as M of N transaction confirmation). Who are the primary developers of Bitcoin and what is the most efficient way to track the ...
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Testvectors for dedicated hardware miner

I have written my own hardware implementation for hash computation. I am participating in a pool, that is I get sent the midstate and some data which should then be hashed. I wonder, whether there ...
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How do I run my own testnet? What's testnet-in-a-box?

If I want better control of my test environment while developing a bitcoin-related application it seems useful to run my own testnet rather than use the public testnet. How can I do this? What is ...
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How can I work with multiple testnets?

Apart from running a private testnet-in-a-box there are also the public testnet instances. You can use this instead of the regular (production) bitcoin network by setting testnet=1 in your bitcoind ...
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Testnet eWallet?

Is there any eWallet available that works on the TestNet? I want to test some payments and so forth and sometimes I want to have an access to an online wallet, so I don't need to hassle with ...
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Is there a blockchain.info for testnet?

I'm trying to test to see if transactions went through or not and blockchain.info is super helpful for this on the real network.
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How do I run a headless testnet on OS X?

I'm trying to develop some applications and need bitcoind, but can't seem to find a recent version. Posts seem to indicate that it's incorporated into Bitcoin-Qt, but I don't want to run a GUI just ...
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Reduce difficulty on testnet-in-a-box?

I'm doing some testing and often find myself needing to generate 6 blocks quickly to confirm some tx. Each block takes a few minutes to generate on my macbook so this slows things down considerably. ...
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Are there any mining pools operating on the Testnet? [closed]

Are there any mining pools operating on the Bitcoin Testnet, or do pool owners just test their code using their own machines without keeping the test pool up for too long?
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Running two bitcoind instances for different nets

Is it possible to run two separate bitcoind instances on one system at the same time, one for mainnet, other for testnet?
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Testnet fallback nodes

Is there a list of nodes on Testnet that work like the fallback nodes on the Mainnet? I am trying to test my Bitcoin communication code and I'd like to start with just one IP I can rely to be on and ...