[bitcoin-dev] Why not archive the backend of Bitcoin blockchain?

Brian Lockhart brianlockhart at gmail.com
Thu Jun 14 23:24:33 UTC 2018

Resolved -> RTFM

Worked like a champ, first try. Thanks! Wish I had thought to look into that sooner! My c-lightning node’s resource footprint is even smaller now. Unfairly small.

And now that I’ve unexpectedly regained ~180 GB worth of free SSD space from not having that extra full node, I’m feeling wealthy. Accordingly, I’m off to squander my newfound riches over at satoshis’s place. )

> On Jun 13, 2018, at 9:17 AM, Christian Decker <decker.christian at gmail.com> wrote:
> Brian Lockhart <brianlockhart at gmail.com> writes:
>> In the interest of avoiding running multiple bitcoind full nodes - is there
>> a method to allow a Lightning node to point to / access a separate
>> already-existing node, vs. requiring it to have its own dedicated local
>> instance of bitcoind running?
>> I.e. if I already have a full bitcoin node running, could I use RPC calls
>> or something to tell my Lightning node to use that node, instead of
>> spinning up *another* full node? I’m currently minimizing the network
>> thrashing by whitelisting my LN bitcoind node to only point to my existing
>> full node for updates, but if I could just point my whole LN node at it,
>> that’s save on disk storage etc. etc. etc.
> Certainly, that's supported by all 3 implementations:
> - With c-lightning you can either configure `bitcoin-cli` to connect to
>   a remote node with the `rpcconnect`, `rpcuser`, and `rpcpassword`
>   options in the `bitcoin.conf` file (at which point all calls to
>   `bitcoin-cli` will use that node) or you can use the following
>   command line options when starting `lightningd`: `--bitcoin-rpcuser`,
>   `--bitcoin-rpcpassword` and `--bitcoin-rpcconnect`
> - lnd allows you to specify the node to connect to using the command
>   line options `--bitcoind.rpchost`, `--bitcoind.rpcuser`, and
>   `--bitcoind.rpcpass`.
> - Eclair requires you to edit the configuration file [1] before
>   compiling afaik
> Cheers,
> Christian
> [1] https://github.com/ACINQ/eclair/blob/master/eclair-core/src/main/resources/reference.conf

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