Newbie to Linux Burstmining (Setup and configuration)

Hello guys,
First of all, I want to thank all of you for this forum, which is very helpful to everyone.
Second of all, I want to say sorry if this question has been asked multiple times, but I am completely new to HDD mining and I am very curious to learn more about it.

Now here is what brings me here. I would like to mine on my Linux machine, but I seem to not understand how to setup everything (from the wallet, to the miner, plotter, etc).
Now here is the configuration, which I would like to mine burstcoin with:
CPU: Intel Pentidum D 820
GPU: Sapphire GHz Eddition HD 7770
OS: Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.2
Mining HDD: External HDD Seagate 2TB 7200 RPM

Can you give me a complete guide (if possible with videos) on how to plot the HDD, how to setup the wallet and how to setup the miner (with mining pool, etc) on Linux? Because everything I seem to find works on Windows, but my PC is a little bit old for Windows setup :smiley:
Thank you in advance guys, have a good day. :slight_smile:

Hey there, @joniop welcome! I don’t have a ton of experience using linux with Burst, but here is what I used to set up a full node -

https://burstwiki.org/en/brs-linux-installation/

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of setting up a full node, then I suggest getting the linux version of Phoenix - https://burstwallet.io/phoenix-burstcoin-cross-platform-desktop-wallet-ui/

Here are some video links to hopefully help -

Install Full Node https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BDodz1Av2w&t=256s
Compile scavenger (miner)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x1i1Dm8QIw
Compile engraver (plotter) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27bHMsRCJRw
Using Engraver (Plotting) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNzb_OsnWZw&t=1s

Engraver Instructions - https://github.com/PoC-Consortium/engraver/wiki
Scavenger Instructions (Mining) - https://github.com/PoC-Consortium/scavenger/wiki

Lastly, you can go to the Discord of the PoC Consortium if you have questions on engraver or scavenger, they are a linux friendly group - https://discord.gg/jdT8Gc8 Go into the #burst-related channel under PoCC Software.

Hey,
Thank you alot for the info. Will give it a try in a few days and tell you what the result is.
Thank you again. :slight_smile:

That’s great! Please, if you have anything to add anywhere for linux users, we would really appreciate the contribution!

Hey there again.
It will be pleasure for me to contribute something to the community and I ensure you I will make everything possible for this. :slight_smile:

But for now I have only problems. :smiley:
Everything seems good for now, untill I have to plot my HDD. So here is the problem.
I compiled Engraver as shown in the video. Everything seems okay for now. But i am stuck on two problems.

  1. How to tell the plotter the path to my my external HDD (with which I want to mine)? I enter the path to the ExtHDD and store my plot files there.
  2. The extHDD is 2 TB. How many onces are this and in which file format to format my HDD?

Thank you again. :slight_smile:

Hey there, its me again.

So after a while, I figured out how to start plotting the HDD. Everything works fine for now. But I watched on the BurstWiki how to pause my plotting and I did it, because I had to go outside for a while. Now I seem to cannot resume it. I uploaded a SS in the comment.

So is there any solution for this, or I have to start plotting the HDD again?

Thank you in advance. :slight_smile:

From the engraver wiki - https://github.com/PoC-Consortium/engraver/wiki

Under Plotting Options and Flags

-n, --n: the number of nonces to be plotted (mandatory)

If this option is set to zero, the plot file will have as many nonces as can fit onto the drive.

-p, --path: defines the path to the destination folder where the plot file will be stored (optional)

If the path is omitted, the plot file will be created in the working directory from where Engraver has been called.

If you are running linux, then the linux native file system is what to use. Do not format into windows filesystems. Yes, I have heard that NTFS can be run on linux, but there is no reason to do so.

The wiki is well-written for engraver and has all of the information you need.

With this problem, I do not know. It should resume automatically. This is past what I can help you with now.

The PoC Consortium created and maintains this software. Also @rico666 is a member and sometimes comes to this forum, but not much these days. You can try out getting support on their discord server - https://discord.gg/TCHmGmm They are also very linux friendly. Try the #burst-related channel under PoCC Software. Good luck!

Hey there again.
Okay, so quick update on the two of my problems. Hope i will contribute somehow to the community.

On the first problem. It seemd I was just such a noob on linux. :smiley: I worked out the path to the HDD with /media. Before i was just typing media, without the slash before it.
On the second problem. I used the program build-in nonce calculator. (used --n 0 and it calculated all of the avaible space on the disk). For the 2 TB Seagate this was about 7612000 nonces (I left some spare, just in case).
Now on the problem with resuming the paused plotting. It was just the format of the HDD. I had it formated before in exFAT because i saw it was better for the HDD’s that was external, which is my case. But it seems to not cooperate with Linux, non Engraver. Changed the HDD format to EXT4, which is the Linux file format, and now it seems to pause and resume without any problem.
So a little tip from me - don’t format your HDD to exFAT if you are Linux user. It won’t give you any benefits.
Hope i’ve been helpful. And also thank you for being patient at me. :slight_smile:

Thank you very much for coming back to report! Thanks for your contribution to this thread, I’m sure this will be found in the search engines and help people :slight_smile:

Here’s a follow-up from @JohnnyFFM on the matter…

regarding Engraver resume: filesystem doesnt matter, you can always resume. If engraver reports that there is no resume info, it means that the file is either completed or not a single byte was written.

And you can of course only resume files that have been plotted with Engraver.

Source - CryptoGuru Discord Server, #burst-related https://discord.gg/jdT8Gc8

Hey there. I seemed to have found the problem. I don’t know the reason for this, but when the HDD was formated to exFAT and i ran engraver, it didn’t show me the hashing /writing bars. Although it showed me the file in the HDD but it was creating the plot file slowly. Later i realized that the program creates immediately the plot file on the HDD and then it starts hashing/writing process. So basically you are right, at the moment i wanted to resume the plotting there was no file to plot. It was a lesson learned for me. :grin: