20190307 RNode community testing

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Each week we invite community members to help test RNode.

  • When - Tuesdays at 15:00 UTC SPECIAL March 7 at 15:00 UTC
  • Where - This meeting takes place online using Zoom
    • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/134156866
    • Or iPhone one-tap :
          US: +16468769923,,134156866# or +16699006833,,134156866#
    • Or Telephone:
          Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
              US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833
          Meeting ID: 134 156 866
          International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/rDfBtpt
  • Additional communications are posted in #node-testing on the RChain Discord.

What you can expect this week

We will demonstrate using the blockstore to restore a node and support it catching up. We will test block finalization.

Instructions for testing today

Read documentation for RChain Doctor

Please read the RChain Doctor documentation and install RChain Doctor (v0.3.3). We will use this software and tools to support collecting logs from nodes participating in today's testing session. 

Read the documentation for visualizing the blockchain

One of the challenges of debugging is seeing what's happening when validators propose new blocks. We now have the ability to ask RNode to generate a text file that when pasted to Graphviz can generate an image. Please see 'visualizing the blockchain' in User guide for running RNode.

Install RNode

Note If you used a previous version of RNode, please delete your existing .rnode directory. Most errors experienced using RNode relate to content in the directory from a previous version.

RNode version for this session

Today's version RChain Node 0.8.4.git550be610 (550be610fb6ed70212782572284e71b49d209c8d)

Select a validator key or generate one 

To select a key set

To generate a key set

Report your public key

Today we will launch a network with testers as known validators at genesis. Please report your public key in this form.

Get the bootstrap address

We will share the bootstrap address during the session.

Share your experience

You best support the improvement and development of the RChain platform when you file a bug to report challenge you faced or unsuccessful outcomes. This will help us collect all relevant information to better understand your setup and experience. 

Work completed since the last testing session

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Testing session summary

We had a very good testing session today. We demonstrated the functionality of the blockstore to support the restart of RNode in an active network environment. We also demonstrated how recent improvements to threading support faster connections to peers and receipt of blocks. Testers helped reproduce a known bug and support the debugging effort with the dev team. During the session we also discussed potential optimizations.

Bugs filed

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