I’m an absolute mining noob and computer retard. I have a 3 year old iMac. Is there anyway I could set up mining or should I just forget it? I need really simple youtube type guide to do anything on a computer.
yes, sure you can. follow the build guide from grin-tech website…
And if you don’t want to run it on your own computer with your own IP and stuff, you can spin up a node on Google Cloud fairly easily:
The tutorial is a little out of date from when I explored it a few weeks ago, but happy to respond to any questions or walk you through it if I can
Hey, thanks for the share! What part of this article is outdated?
Spin up and sync a Grin node in < 10min:
Create a Google Account
- Visit http://cloud.google.com and set up an account as an individual.
- This will require a debit or credit card, they do a $1 reserve charge on your card to ensure it’s valid.
- As part of signing up you also get $300 in free trial credits to spend within 12 months.
Create a VM
- Using the GUI, go to Compute Engine / VM Instances. In the menu on that page you should see a “New VM Instance” button. Click that. If the GUI menus or links change, just figure out how to spin up a new VM instance.
- Configure the VM to your preferences. I chose Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch) amd64 with 8vCPUs, 30gb memory, and 100gb storage. This is overkill just to run a node, but I’m impatient and this downloads and syncs in ~10min. The f1-micro in the Always Free tier with 5gb storage will work too, but it takes ~60min to setup.
- When the VM is read you’ll see a green check mark next to the name of the VM. Click on the SSH drop-down menu, then ctrl click to open an SSH shell in a new browser tab.
Download and Update Stuff
sudo apt-get install build-essential sudo apt install git nano tmux zlib1g-dev libncursesw5-dev libssl-dev clang cmake libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev zlib1g-dev pkg-config sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade curl https://sh.rustup.rs -sSf | sh; source $HOME/.cargo/env # choose option 1) rustup update git clone https://github.com/mimblewimble/grin.git cd grin cargo build --release sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade PATH=$PATH:$HOME/grin/target/release:/home/YOUR_USERNAME/.cargo/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/local/games:/usr/games $ grin # should open up the command line app and start syncing
I got to the point when I try to move grin.toml to the release directory, but I get the error saying “mv: cannot stat ‘grin.toml’: No such file or directory”
@y3v63n Sorry! I should’ve been more clear. The process I posted above is ALL I did. If you want to do it fast, most of the stuff in the docs can be ignored. I just did it in ~10min using a faster VM. Just updated the instructions for this process end-to-end.
Also, if you really care about the “always free” thing from Google, then you might want to investigate how that works, but I just use the credits Google provides with new accounts. I’ve never run out of credits, but your mileage may vary.
@jimmy regarding mining on an old iMac, you might want to check the discussions in the mining section. The process is evolving fairly rapidly and I think that GPUs are going to be your main competitors, but I’m not an expert. Better to ask @tromp
- If you want to mine Grin but don’t have a GPU there are various pools and cloud options that are emerging. There’s a list of them somewhere in the Docs, but I don’t remember where. Hopefully they’ll be more organized before the main net launch though.
- If you’re set on using your old iMac, there’s sites like WhatToMine - Crypto coins mining profit calculator compared to Ethereum that can help you choose a blockchain that’s friendly towards CPUs and has a low hash power that you could contribute to
CPUs are at least 10x less efficient than GPUs, so CPU mining is not going to be profitable. You’ll just have to get very lucky to mine a block with your old iMac…
Thanks for this post. I followed the steps and it perfectly worked.
Could you please also explain how to set up the mining ?
I don’t mine. My interest was in learning about the architecture of the blockchain and the crypto behind it. Best of luck tho
Love the “How to: Run a Grin node on Google Cloud for free” explainer. I got as far as… “You’re now ready to receive grins. Try asking the GrinGod faucet for some. In a new terminal window on grin-node1 whilst your node is still running:”
But when I enter: “curl gringod.info” I get the following response: “curl: (7) Failed to connect to gringod.info port 80: Connection refused”
I’m a total noob so it wouldn’t surprise me if I’ve done something stupid while following the tutorial. Any help you guys can offer would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Sorry, I think the gringod.info faucet is empty for now.
I’m new to mining so apologies in advance for being useless! I got the following when I span up a google cloud VM and ran the code:
Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.
alexanderbeasant7@abgrin:~ sudo apt-get install build-essential Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following additional packages will be installed: binutils bzip2 cpp cpp-6 dpkg-dev fakeroot g++ g++-6 gcc gcc-6 libalgorithm-diff-perl libalgorithm-diff-xs-perl libalgorithm-merge-perl libasan3 libatomic1 libc-dev-bin libc6-dev libcc1-0 libcilkrts5 libdpkg-perl libfakeroot libfile-fcntllock-perl libgcc-6-dev libgomp1 libisl15 libitm1 liblsan0 libmpc3 libmpfr4 libmpx2 libperl5.24 libquadmath0 libstdc++-6-dev libtsan0 libubsan0 linux-libc-dev make manpages manpages-dev patch perl perl-modules-5.24 rename Suggested packages: binutils-doc bzip2-doc cpp-doc gcc-6-locales debian-keyring g++-multilib g++-6-multilib gcc-6-doc libstdc++6-6-dbg gcc-multilib autoconf automake libtool flex bison gdb gcc-doc gcc-6-multilib libgcc1-dbg libgomp1-dbg libitm1-dbg libatomic1-dbg libasan3-dbg liblsan0-dbg libtsan0-dbg libubsan0-dbg libcilkrts5-dbg libmpx2-dbg libquadmath0-dbg glibc-doc libstdc++-6-doc make-doc ed diffutils-doc perl-doc libterm-readline-gnu-perl | libterm-readline-perl-perl The following NEW packages will be installed: binutils build-essential bzip2 cpp cpp-6 dpkg-dev fakeroot g++ g++-6 gcc gcc-6 libalgorithm-diff-perl libalgorithm-diff-xs-perl libalgorithm-merge-perl libasan3 libatomic1 libc-dev-bin libc6-dev libcc1-0 libcilkrts5 libdpkg-perl libfakeroot libfile-fcntllock-perl libgcc-6-dev libgomp1 libisl15 libitm1 liblsan0 libmpc3 libmpfr4 libmpx2 libperl5.24 libquadmath0 libstdc++-6-dev libtsan0 libubsan0 linux-libc-dev make manpages manpages-dev patch perl perl-modules-5.24 rename 0 upgraded, 44 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 47.8 MB of archives. After this operation, 206 MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y Abort. alexanderbeasant7@abgrin:~