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The State Of Steemd


11 months agoBusy3 min read

Earlier today I noticed that my witness node had crashed.
I have not seen the issue that caused the crash before, but I will report on it on github soon.
When I noticed the problem, my witness node had already missed 2 blocks.

To disable a witness and get it off the witness schedule the operator needs to make a witness update with a new Signing Key: STM1111111111111111111111111111111114T1Anm.
Since I had no backup server, this is what I had to do.

The cli_wallet that comes with steem ( has been broken ever since I have tried it 2 years ago. It times out within seconds and unless you have all the commands ready for copy + paste, you will not be able to finalize a single transaction with it.
Apparently, the issue still exists:

Usually, I do not bother trying, but the machine that I use for conductor was broken, too. (this and my node fail are not steem's fault)

So I tried a dockerized cli wallet from steemit/steem.

It failed.

So I tried installing Steempy and Conductor on a new machine, since the fast version did not work out. I need the comfort version anyways in the long run, right ?
After following all instructions to install steem-python on a new Ubuntu 17.10, I try steempy and get a command not found as a return.
After fiddling for another 30 minutes and cloning into the repos manually, I can finally get it to work.

Only to encounter this issue:

However, steempy works and I can finally shut down my witness.

This took me way too long.

I know, I was ill prepared. I know, I could have done this much faster.
The fact, that not a single steem software works fresh out of the box is ridiculous, though.
Some of these issues are just sitting there since forever.

After I have now successfully shut down my witness, I run into the next issue:

This happened for the last year. Or pretty much ever since I run for witness.
To make it short:

When I turn the witness off, and try to turn it back on, it's broken

Most of the times, I have to fully resync and can not just start from where I stopped.
Even after a clean exit.

So ... The witness is resyncing now.

When I import a block_log from somewhere I have a 30% chance of it working and not failing to reindex. Resync takes even longer than 3 days, but I can not be bothered to put any more effort into this shit right now.

My witness will be up again in a few days.

Thanks ned.

Looking forward to Steemfest


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