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That sounds like it's going out of memory and is killed by the system. Especially on a low-memory device like an RPi3 this seems very likely. For information on how to reduce bitcoind memory usage, see


As I don't have enough reputation to add a comment to hsmiths (correct!) answer above: I found I had to also add a line to tell logrotate to switch users to the bitcoin user (as I run bitcoind as its own user) using the format: su - $user $group. Also as I installed the systemd service as per the bitcoin github example I had a different PID location. This ...

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