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How to run Siad as a background service in Ubuntu server

Configure a service that allow siad to run on boot (and restart in case of crashed):

    • Assume that you already install Sia Core and ./siad is operational (i.e. you can run command ./siad to start Sia application)
    • Stop siad process.
    • Create a file named: siad.service at a folder you need. In the below example, you create file siad.service in folder /home/your-user-name/config/services
      • $ mkdir config && cd config && mkdir services && cd services
      • $ sudo nano siad.service
      • Add these lines to siad.service file:

        Description=Sia Daemon
    • Save file and exit to root user.
    • Configure firewall (if ufw is in use):
      • $ ufw allow 9982
    • Start siad as a service:
      • $ systemctl daemon-reload
      • $ systemctl enable ~/.config/systemd/siad.service
      • $ systemctl start siad.service
  • Sia should now be running as a service which can be confirmed/verifyed with:

Run ./siad (Sia Daemon) with specific modules

You can tell siad to do less stuff:

$ siad -M [module-name]

Use the -M or –modules flag to only run specific modules. Modules are
independent components of Sia. This flag should only be used by developers or
people who want to reduce overhead from unused modules. Modules are specified by
their first letter. If the -M or –modules flag is not specified the default
modules are run.

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Install and run SIA (for SiaCoin – SC) in Ubuntu 16.04

  • Run SIA:
    • $ ./siad
    • While ./siad running, it will take several hours to download all blockchain.
    • You can confirm siad is running by querying its API:
    • You should see something like this:  {“synced”:false,“height”:29731,”currentblock”:”0000045c26825f0d”,”target”:[0,0,0,0,0,1,137,1]}
    • Compare downloaded block height with the real total block height to calculate blockchain downloading progress. Total block height of SiaCoin available at: https://explore.sia.tech/
    • Keep ./siad running until it downloads all blockchain. When the consensus endpoints returns {“synced”: true} the blockchain download is completed.
  • Run SIA in background:
    • $ ./siad & (note: the app will also be closed if ssh terminal is closed)
    • see this to run siad as a service.
  • Configure the host for now do not take any contracts (can do this only while ./siad is running):
    • $ ./siac host config acceptingcontracts false
  • Create SiaCoin Wallet and Wallet Address:
    • While siad is running,
    • Create new wallet:
      • $ ./siac wallet init
      • (Save your recovery seed and wallet encrypted password for later use)
    • Or use an existing wallet:
      • $ ./siac wallet load
    • Unlock wallet:
      • $ ./siac wallet unlock
    • Create a new wallet address
      • $ ./siac wallet address
      • (Save wallet address for later use)
  • Show current Sia Wallet address/balance (need to unlock first):
    • $ ./siac wallet addresses
    • $ ./siac wallet balance

* Note: SIA Client has versions for both Windows and Linux.