[Bitcoin-development] Scaling at the end user level

Wladimir laanwj at gmail.com
Wed Feb 8 08:34:38 UTC 2012


On Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 6:18 AM, grarpamp <grarpamp at gmail.com> wrote:

> A freshly deployed client on an old p4 has been idly crunching away
> at building and verifying the initial chain for about a week now. It
> should be done in a day or two. This seems rather untenable for
> new users. Have any groups published proposals for distributing
> a weekly precomputed bootstrap chain?
> rsync? db_dump > git > db_load?
> There is also 50% or more compression available in the index
> and chain.
>

I have proposed packaging part of the block chain (doesn't even have to be
weekly, just until the last checkpoint), but people fear it runs contrary
to the distributed approach of Bitcoin.

Which is kind of true:

- If it is imported un-validated, you have to rely on the packager to lie
to you (insert false transactions etc)
- If it has to be validated, you win nothing, your computer has to crunch
for days anyway

BTW: On such an old computer you should probably use one of the thin
clients.

Wladimir
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