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How to fast start without previous history

Goal

This procedure records the current chain state and future history, without previous historical data on the local chain.

Before you begin

Steps

  1. Get the following:

    • A portable snapshot (data/snapshots/snapshot-xxxxxxx.bin)
    • Optional: a block log which includes the block the snapshot was taken at
  2. Make sure data/state does not exist
  3. Start nodeos with the --snapshot option, and the options listed in the state_history_plugin.
  4. Look for Placing initial state in block n in the log, where n is the start block number.
  5. If using a database filler, start the filler with --fpg-create (if PostgreSQL), --fill-skip-to n, and --fill-trim. Replace n with the value above.
  6. Do not stop nodeos until it has received at least 1 block from the network, or it won't be able to restart.

Remarks

If nodeos fails to receive blocks from the network, then try the above using net_api_plugin. Use cleos net disconnect and cleos net connect to reconnect nodes which timed out.

Caution when using net_api_plugin

Either use a firewall to block access to your http-server-address, or change it to localhost:8888 to disable remote access.

If you run a database filler after this point, use the --fill-trim option when restarting. Only use --fpg-create and --fill-skip-to the first time.

On large chains, this procedure creates a delta record that is too large for javascript processes to handle. 64-bit C++ processes can handle the large record. If using a database filler, fill-pg and fill-lmdb break up the large record into smaller records when filling databases.