Building the source
Building geth requires both a Go (version 1.9 or later) and a C compiler. You can install them using your favourite package manager. Once the dependencies are installed, run
The go-smilo project comes with several wrappers/executables found in the
||Our main Smilo CLI client. It is the entry point into the Smilo network (main-, test- or private net), capable of running as a full node (default), archive node (retaining all historical state) or a light node (retrieving data live). It can be used by other processes as a gateway into the Smilo network via JSON RPC endpoints exposed on top of HTTP, WebSocket and/or IPC transports.
||Source code generator to convert Smilo contract definitions into easy to use, compile-time type-safe Go packages. It operates on plain Smilo contract ABIs with expanded functionality if the contract bytecode is also available. However, it also accepts Solidity source files, making development much more streamlined.|
||Stripped down version of our Smilo client implementation that only takes part in the network node discovery protocol, but does not run any of the higher level application protocols. It can be used as a lightweight bootstrap node to aid in finding peers in private networks.|
||Developer utility version of the EVM (Smilo Virtual Machine) that is capable of running bytecode snippets within a configurable environment and execution mode. Its purpose is to allow isolated, fine-grained debugging of EVM opcodes (e.g.
||Developer utility tool to support our test suite which validates baseline conformity to the Smilo JSON RPC specs.|
||Developer utility tool to convert binary RLP dumps (data encoding used by the Smilo protocol both network as well as consensus wise) to user-friendlier hierarchical representation (e.g.
||Swarm daemon and tools. This is the entry point for the Swarm network.
||a CLI wizard that aids in creating a new Smilo network.|
Full node on the main Smilo SPoRT network
By far the most common scenario is people wanting to simply interact with the Smilo Proof of Resource and Time (SPoRT) network: create accounts; transfer funds; deploy and interact with contracts. For this particular use-case the user doesn't care about years-old historical data, so we can fast-sync quickly to the current state of the network. To do so:
$ geth --sport console
This command will:
- Start geth in fast sync mode (default, can be changed with the
--syncmodeflag), causing it to download more data in exchange for avoiding processing the entire history of the Smilo network, which is very CPU intensive.
- Start up Geth's built-in interactive,
(via the trailing
consolesubcommand) through which you can invoke all official web3
methods) as well as Geth's own management APIs. This tool is optional and if you leave it out you can always attach to an already running Geth instance with
A Full node on the Smilo test network
Transitioning towards developers, if you'd like to play around with creating Smilo contracts, you almost certainly would like to do that without any real money involved until you get the hang of the entire system. In other words, instead of attaching to the main network, you want to join the test network with your node, which is fully equivalent to the main network, but with play-Ether only.
$ geth --testnet console
console subcommand has the exact same meaning as above and they are equally useful on the
testnet too. Please see above for their explanations if you've skipped here.
--testnet flag, however, will reconfigure your Geth instance a bit:
- Instead of using the default data directory (
~/.smiloon Linux for example), Geth will nest itself one level deeper into a
~/.smilo/testneton Linux). Note, on OSX and Linux this also means that attaching to a running testnet node requires the use of a custom endpoint since
geth attachwill try to attach to a production node endpoint by default. E.g.
geth attach <datadir>/testnet/geth.ipc. Windows users are not affected by this.
- Instead of connecting the main Smilo network, the client will connect to the test network, which uses different P2P bootnodes, different network IDs and genesis states.
Note: Although there are some internal protective measures to prevent transactions from crossing over between the main network and test network, you should make sure to always use separate accounts for play-money and real-money. Unless you manually move accounts, Geth will by default correctly separate the two networks and will not make any accounts available between them.
As an alternative to passing the numerous flags to the
geth binary, you can also pass a configuration file via:
$ geth --config /path/to/your_config.toml
To get an idea how the file should look like you can use the
dumpconfig subcommand to export your existing configuration:
$ geth --your-favourite-flags dumpconfig
Programmatically interfacing Geth nodes
As a developer, sooner rather than later you'll want to start interacting with Geth and the Smilo network via your own programs and not manually through the console. To aid this, Geth has built-in support for a JSON-RPC based APIs (standard APIs and Geth specific APIs). These can be exposed via HTTP, WebSockets and IPC (UNIX sockets on UNIX based platforms, and named pipes on Windows).
The IPC interface is enabled by default and exposes all the APIs supported by Geth, whereas the HTTP and WS interfaces need to manually be enabled and only expose a subset of APIs due to security reasons. These can be turned on/off and configured as you'd expect.
HTTP based JSON-RPC API options:
--rpcEnable the HTTP-RPC server
--rpcaddrHTTP-RPC server listening interface (default: "localhost")
--rpcportHTTP-RPC server listening port (default: 8545)
--rpcapiAPI's offered over the HTTP-RPC interface (default: "eth,net,web3")
--rpccorsdomainComma separated list of domains from which to accept cross origin requests (browser enforced)
--wsEnable the WS-RPC server
--wsaddrWS-RPC server listening interface (default: "localhost")
--wsportWS-RPC server listening port (default: 8546)
--wsapiAPI's offered over the WS-RPC interface (default: "eth,net,web3")
--wsoriginsOrigins from which to accept websockets requests
--ipcdisableDisable the IPC-RPC server
--ipcapiAPI's offered over the IPC-RPC interface (default: "admin,debug,eth,miner,net,personal,shh,txpool,web3")
--ipcpathFilename for IPC socket/pipe within the datadir (explicit paths escape it)
You'll need to use your own programming environments' capabilities (libraries, tools, etc) to connect via HTTP, WS or IPC to a Geth node configured with the above flags and you'll need to speak JSON-RPC on all transports. You can reuse the same connection for multiple requests!
Note: Please understand the security implications of opening up an HTTP/WS based transport before doing so! Hackers on the internet are actively trying to subvert Smilo nodes with exposed APIs! Further, all browser tabs can access locally running web servers, so malicious web pages could try to subvert locally available APIs!
Thank you for considering to help out with the source code! We welcome contributions from anyone on the internet, and are grateful for even the smallest of fixes!
If you'd like to contribute to go-smilo, please fork, fix, commit and send a pull request for the maintainers to review and merge into the main code base. If you wish to submit more complex changes though, our review and merge procedures quick and simple.
Please make sure your contributions adhere to our coding guidelines:
- Code must adhere to the official Go formatting guidelines (i.e. uses gofmt).
- Code must be documented adhering to the official Go commentary guidelines.
- Pull requests need to be based on and opened against the
- Commit messages should be prefixed with the package(s) they modify.
- E.g. "eth, rpc: make trace configs optional"
The go-smilo library (i.e. all code outside of the
cmd directory) is licensed under the
GNU Lesser General Public License v3.0, also
included in our repository in the
The go-smilo binaries (i.e. all code inside of the
cmd directory) is licensed under the
GNU General Public License v3.0, also included
in our repository in the