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README.md

dcrdata

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dcrdata is an original Decred block explorer, with packages and apps for data collection, presentation, and storage. The backend and middleware are written in Go. On the front end, Webpack enables the use of modern javascript features, as well as SCSS for styling.

Release Status

Always run the Current release or on the Current stable branch. Do not use master in production.

Series Branch Latest release tag dcrd RPC server version required
Current 5.1 5.1-stable v5.1.0 ^6.0.0 (dcrd v1.5-pre@fd3e180a to HEAD)
Legacy 5.0 5.0-stable v5.0.3 ^5.0.0 (dcrd v1.4.0 to v1.5.0-pre@4f91b01)
Development 5.2 master N/A same as dcrdata 5.1

Repository Overview

../dcrdata              The dcrdata daemon.
├── api                 Package blockdata implements dcrdata's own HTTP API.
│   ├── insight         Package insight implements the Insight API.
│   └── types           Package types includes the exported structures used by
|                         the dcrdata and Insight APIs.
├── blockdata           Package blockdata is the primary data collection and
|                         storage hub, and chain monitor.
├── cmd
│   ├── rebuilddb2      rebuilddb2 utility, for PostgreSQL backend. Not required.
│   └── scanblocks      scanblocks utility. Not required.
├── db
│   ├── agendadb        Package agendadb is a basic PoS voting agenda database.
│   ├── cache           Package cache provides a caching layer that is used by dcrpg.
│   ├── dbtypes         Package dbtypes with common data types.
│   └── dcrpg           Package dcrpg providing PostgreSQL backend.
├── dcrrates            Package dcrrates defines a gRPC protobuf service for
│   │                     communicating exchange rate data with rateserver.
│   └── rateserver      rateserver app, which runs an exchange bot for collecting
│                         exchange rate data, and a gRPC server for providing this
│                         data to multiple clients like dcrdata.
├── dev                 Shell scripts for maintenance and deployment.
├── docs                Extra documentation.
├── exchanges           Package exchanges implements a bot for gathering data
|                       from public exchange APIs.
├── explorer            Package explorer, powering the block explorer.
├── gov
│   ├── agendas         Package agendas defines a consensus deployment/agenda DB.
│   └── politeia        Package politeia defines a Politeia proposal DB.
│       ├── piclient    Package piclient provides functions for retrieving data
|       |                 from the Politeia web API.
│       └── types       Package types provides several JSON-tagged structs for
|                         dealing with Politeia data exchange.
├── mempool             Package mempool for monitoring mempool for transactions,
|                         data collection, distribution, and storage.
├── middleware          Package middleware provides HTTP router middleware.
├── netparams           Package netparams defines the TCP port numbers for the
|                         various networks (mainnet, testnet, simnet).
├── notification        Package notification manages dcrd notifications, and
|                         synchronous data collection by a queue of collectors.
├── public              Public resources for block explorer (css, js, etc.).
├── pubsub              Package pubsub implements a websocket-based pub-sub server
|   |                     for blockchain data.
│   ├── democlient      democlient app provides an example for using psclient to
|   |                     register for and receive messages from a pubsub server.
│   ├── psclient        Package psclient is a basic client for a pubsub server.
│   └── types           Package types defines types used by the pubsub client
|                         and server.
├── rpcutils            Package rpcutils contains helper types and functions for
|                         interacting with a chain server via RPC.
├── semver              Package semver.
├── stakedb             Package stakedb, for tracking tickets.
├── testutil
│   └── apiload         apiload is an HTTP API load testing application.
├── txhelpers           Package txhelpers provides many functions and types for
|                         processing blocks, transactions, voting, etc.
├── version             Package version describes the dcrdata version.
└── views               HTML templates for block explorer.

Requirements

  • Go 1.11.10+ or 1.12.5+.
  • Node.js 11.x or 12.x. Node.js is only used as a build tool, and is not used at runtime.
  • Running dcrd running with --txindex --addrindex, and synchronized to the current best block on the network. On startup, dcrdata will verify that the dcrd version is compatible. dcrdata v3.1.x and later required dcrd v1.4.x or a later version with JSON-RPC server version 5.x.y.
  • PostgreSQL 10.5+. Version 11.x is supported and recommended for improved performance with a number of tasks. Support for CockroachDB is an experimental feature. See CockroachDB Support (experimental) for details.

Docker Support

Dockerfiles are provided for convenience, but NOT SUPPORTED. See the Docker documentation for more information. The supported dcrdata build instructions are described below.

Building

The dcrdata build process comprises two general steps:

  1. Bundle the static web page assets with Webpack (via the npm tool).
  2. Build the dcrdata executable from the Go source files.

These steps are described in detail in the following sections.

NOTE: The following instructions assume a Unix-like shell (e.g. bash).

Preparation

  • Install Go

  • Verify Go installation:

    go env GOROOT GOPATH
    
  • Ensure $GOPATH/bin is on your $PATH.

  • Clone the dcrdata repository. It is conventional to put it under GOPATH, but this is no longer necessary with go module. For example:

    git clone https://github.com/decred/dcrdata $HOME/go-work/github/decred/dcrdata
  • Install Node.js, which is required to lint and package the static web assets.

Note that none of the above is required at runtime.

Package the Static Web Assets

Webpack, a JavaScript module bundler, is used to compile and package the static assets in the public folder. Node.js' npm tool is used to install the required Node.js dependencies and build the bundled JavaScript distribution for deployment.

First, install the build dependencies:

npm install # creates node_modules folder

Then, for production, build the webpack bundle:

npm run build # creates public/dist folder

Alternatively, for development, npm can be made to watch for and integrate JavaScript source changes:

npm run watch

See Front End Development for more information.

Building dcrdata with Go

Go 1.11 introduced modules, a new dependency management approach, that obviates the need for third party tooling such as dep.

Usage is simple and nothing is required except Go 1.11 or later. If building in a folder under GOPATH, it is necessary to explicitly build with modules enabled:

GO111MODULE=on go build

If building outside of GOPATH, modules are automatically enabled, and go build is sufficient.

The go tool will process the source code and automatically download dependencies. If the dependencies are configured correctly, there will be no modifications to the go.mod and go.sum files.

Beware: For the v4 dcrdata module, the executable generated by go build may be named "v4" instead of "dcrdata". This is a known issue in Go 1.11 that will be resolved in a future Go release.

As a reward for reading this far, you may use the build.sh script to mostly automate the build steps.

Setting build version flags

By default, the version string will be postfixed with "-pre+dev". For example, dcrdata version 5.1.0-pre+dev (Go version go1.12.7). However, it may be desirable to set the "pre" and "dev" values to different strings, such as "beta" or the actual commit hash. To set these values, build with the -ldflags switch as follows:

GO111MODULE=on go build -o dcrdata -v -ldflags \
    "-X github.com/decred/dcrdata/v5/version.appPreRelease=beta \
     -X github.com/decred/dcrdata/v5/version.appBuild=`git rev-parse --short HEAD`"

This produces a string like dcrdata version 5.0.0-beta+25777e23 (Go version go1.12.1).

Runtime Resources

The config file, logs, and data files are stored in the application data folder, which may be specified via the -A/--appdata and -b/--datadir settings. However, the location of the config file may also be set with -C/--configfile. The default paths for your system are shown in the --help description. If encountering errors involving file system paths, check the permissions on these folders to ensure that the user running dcrdata is able to access these paths.

The "public" and "views" folders must be in the same folder as the dcrdata executable. Set read-only permissions as appropriate.

Updating

Update the repository (assuming you have master checked out in GOPATH):

cd $HOME/go-work/github/decred/dcrdata
git pull origin master

Look carefully for errors with git pull, and reset locally modified files if necessary.

Next, build dcrdata and bundle the web assets:

go build
npm install
npm run build # or npm run watch

Note that performing the above commands within $GOPATH may require setting GO111MODULE=on.

Upgrading Instructions

From v3.x or later

No special actions are required. Simply start the new dcrdata and automatic database schema upgrades and table data patches will begin.

From v2.x or earlier

The database scheme change from dcrdata v2.x to v3.x does not permit an automatic migration. The tables must be rebuilt from scratch:

  1. Drop the old dcrdata database, and create a new empty dcrdata database.

    -- Drop the old database.
    DROP DATABASE dcrdata;
    
    -- Create a new database with the same "pguser" set in the dcrdata.conf.
    CREATE DATABASE dcrdata OWNER dcrdata;
  2. Delete the dcrdata data folder (i.e. corresponding to the datadir setting). By default, datadir is in {appdata}/data:

    • Linux: ~/.dcrdata/data
    • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Dcrdata/data
    • Windows: C:\Users\<your-username>\AppData\Local\Dcrdata\data (%localappdata%\Dcrdata\data)
  3. With dcrd synchronized to the network's best block, start dcrdata to begin the initial block data sync.

Getting Started

Configuring PostgreSQL (IMPORTANT! Seriously, read this.)

It is crucial that you configure your PostgreSQL server for your hardware and the dcrdata workload.

Read postgresql-tuning.conf carefully for details on how to make the necessary changes to your system. A helpful online tool for determining good settings for your system is called PGTune. Note that when using this tool to subtract 1.5-2GB from your system RAM so dcrdata itself will have plenty of memory. DO NOT simply use this file in place of your existing postgresql.conf. DO NOT simply copy and paste these settings into the existing postgresql.conf. It is necessary to edit the existing postgresql.conf, reviewing all the settings to ensure the same configuration parameters are not set in two different places in the file (postgres will not complain).

On Linux, you may wish to use a unix domain socket instead of a TCP connection. The path to the socket depends on the system, but it is commonly /var/run/postgresql. Just set this path in pghost.

CockroachDB Support (experimental)

While dcrdata now provides support for CockroachDB, this is an experimental feature with caveats:

  • Compared to a well-configure PostgreSQL backend, CoackroachDB performance is suboptimal. See the CockroachDB issue for more information.
  • The bulk of the testing and performance optimization is done with PostgreSQL in mind.

If you decide to use CockroachDB with dcrdata, (1) do not do so in production and (2) expect some bugs and relatively poor performance.

See dcrdata's CockroachDB wiki page for more information.

Creating the dcrdata Configuration File

Begin with the sample configuration file. With the default appdata directory for the current user on Linux:

cp sample-dcrdata.conf ~/.dcrdata/dcrdata.conf

Then edit dcrdata.conf with your dcrd RPC settings. See the output of dcrdata --help for a list of all options and their default values.

Using Environment Variables for Configuration

Almost all configuration items are available to set via environment variables. See the config.go file and the config struct for a complete list of which settings may be set via environment variables. Each setting uses the env struct field tag to specify the name of the environment variable (i.e. env:"DCRDATA_USE_TESTNET").

Setting precedence:

  1. Command line flags
  2. Config file settings
  3. Environment variables
  4. Defaults defined in config.go

In general, boolean-typed variables will contain USE, ENABLE, or DISABLE in the name.

For a list of the recognized environment variables, run dcrdata --help.

Indexing the Blockchain

If dcrdata has not previously been run with the PostgreSQL database backend, it is necessary to perform a bulk import of blockchain data and generate table indexes. This will be done automatically by dcrdata on a fresh startup.

Note that dcrdata requires that dcrd is running with some optional indexes enabled. By default, these indexes are not turned on when dcrd is installed. To enable them, set the following in dcrd.conf:

txindex=1
addrindex=1

If these parameters are not set, dcrdata will be unable to retrieve transaction details and perform address searches, and will exit with an error mentioning these indexes.

Starting dcrdata

Launch the dcrdata daemon and allow the databases to process new blocks. Concurrent synchronization of both stake and PostgreSQL databases is performed, typically requiring between 1.5 to 8 hours. See System Hardware Requirements for more information. Please reread Configuring PostgreSQL (IMPORTANT! Seriously, read this.) of you have performance issues.

On subsequent launches, only blocks new to dcrdata are processed.

./dcrdata    # don't forget to configure dcrdata.conf in the appdata folder!

Unlike dcrdata.conf, which must be placed in the appdata folder or explicitly set with -C, the "public" and "views" folders must be in the same folder as the dcrdata executable.

Hiding the PostgreSQL Settings Table

By default, postgres settings are displayed in a table on start up of dcrdata. To block display of this table, use the --hidepgconfig switch..

Running the Web Interface During Synchronization

By default, on dcrdata startup, a syncing status page is the only page available until sync is completed.

However, most of the explorer pages can be made available via the sync-status-limit setting, which indicates a threshold on the number of blocks yet to sync, below which the entire explorer will be made available. When set with a value on the range [2,5000], all dcrdata pages will be active on startup if the number of remaining blocks to process are less than the specified value.

For example, if sync-status-limit is set to 1000, all dcrdata pages will be active when fewer than 1000 blocks remain to be processed, otherwise only the sync status page will be accessible until synchronization is complete.

If sync-status-limit is not set (the default), only the sync status page will be available (recommended).

sync-status-limit=1000

It is recommended that you avoid setting sync-status-limit as a value larger than 1000 especially if your machine struggles handling dcrdata normal load. Setting a larger value might worsen your situation especially when you try to load processor intensive pages like ticketpool.

System Hardware Requirements

The time required to sync varies greatly with system hardware and software configuration. The most important factor is the storage medium on the database machine. An SSD (preferably NVMe, not SATA) is strongly recommended if you value your time and system performance.

dcrdata only (PostgreSQL on other host)

Minimum:

  • 1 CPU core
  • 2 GB RAM
  • HDD with 4GB free space

dcrdata and PostgreSQL on same host

These specifications assume dcrdata and postgres are running on the same machine.

Minimum:

  • 2 CPU core
  • 6 GB RAM
  • HDD with 60GB free space

Recommend:

  • 2+ CPU cores
  • 8+ GB RAM
  • SSD (NVMe preferred) with 60 GB free space

dcrdata Daemon

The root of the repository is the main package for the dcrdata app, which has several components including:

  1. Block explorer (web interface).
  2. Blockchain monitoring and data collection.
  3. Mempool monitoring and reporting.
  4. Database backend interfaces.
  5. RESTful JSON API (custom and Insight) over HTTP(S).
  6. Websocket-based pub-sub server.
  7. Exchange rate bot and gRPC server.

Block Explorer

After dcrdata syncs with the blockchain server via RPC, by default it will begin listening for HTTP connections on http://127.0.0.1:7777/. This means it starts a web server listening on IPv4 localhost, port 7777. Both the interface and port are configurable. The block explorer and the JSON APIs are both provided by the server on this port.

Note that while dcrdata can be started with HTTPS support, it is recommended to employ a reverse proxy such as Nginx ("engine x"). See sample-nginx.conf for an example Nginx configuration.

APIs

The dcrdata block explorer is exposed by two APIs: a Decred implementation of the Insight API, and its own JSON HTTP API. The Insight API uses the path prefix /insight/api. The dcrdata API uses the path prefix /api. File downloads are served from the /download path.

Insight API

The Insight API is accessible via HTTP via REST or WebSocket.

See the Insight API documentation for further details.

dcrdata API

The dcrdata API is a REST API accessible via HTTP. To call the dcrdata API, use the /api path prefix.

Endpoint List

Best block Path Type
Summary `/block/best?txtotals=[true false]`
Stake info /block/best/pos types.StakeInfoExtended
Header /block/best/header dcrjson.GetBlockHeaderVerboseResult
Raw Header (hex) /block/best/header/raw string
Hash /block/best/hash string
Height /block/best/height int
Raw Block (hex) /block/best/raw string
Size /block/best/size int32
Subsidy /block/best/subsidy types.BlockSubsidies
Transactions /block/best/tx types.BlockTransactions
Transactions Count /block/best/tx/count types.BlockTransactionCounts
Verbose block result /block/best/verbose dcrjson.GetBlockVerboseResult
Block X (block index) Path Type
Summary /block/X types.BlockDataBasic
Stake info /block/X/pos types.StakeInfoExtended
Header /block/X/header dcrjson.GetBlockHeaderVerboseResult
Raw Header (hex) /block/X/header/raw string
Hash /block/X/hash string
Raw Block (hex) /block/X/raw string
Size /block/X/size int32
Subsidy /block/best/subsidy types.BlockSubsidies
Transactions /block/X/tx types.BlockTransactions
Transactions Count /block/X/tx/count types.BlockTransactionCounts
Verbose block result /block/X/verbose dcrjson.GetBlockVerboseResult
Block H (block hash) Path Type
Summary /block/hash/H types.BlockDataBasic
Stake info /block/hash/H/pos types.StakeInfoExtended
Header /block/hash/H/header dcrjson.GetBlockHeaderVerboseResult
Raw Header (hex) /block/hash/H/header/raw string
Height /block/hash/H/height int
Raw Block (hex) /block/hash/H/raw string
Size /block/hash/H/size int32
Subsidy /block/best/subsidy types.BlockSubsidies
Transactions /block/hash/H/tx types.BlockTransactions
Transactions count /block/hash/H/tx/count types.BlockTransactionCounts
Verbose block result /block/hash/H/verbose dcrjson.GetBlockVerboseResult
Block range (X < Y) Path Type
Summary array for blocks on [X,Y] /block/range/X/Y []types.BlockDataBasic
Summary array with block index step S /block/range/X/Y/S []types.BlockDataBasic
Size (bytes) array /block/range/X/Y/size []int32
Size array with step S /block/range/X/Y/S/size []int32
Transaction T (transaction id) Path Type
Transaction details /tx/T?spends=[true|false] types.Tx
Transaction details w/o block info /tx/trimmed/T types.TrimmedTx
Inputs /tx/T/in []types.TxIn
Details for input at index X /tx/T/in/X types.TxIn
Outputs /tx/T/out []types.TxOut
Details for output at index X /tx/T/out/X types.TxOut
Vote info (ssgen transactions only) /tx/T/vinfo types.VoteInfo
Ticket info (sstx transactions only) /tx/T/tinfo types.TicketInfo
Serialized bytes of the transaction /tx/hex/T string
Same as /tx/trimmed/T /tx/decoded/T types.TrimmedTx
Transactions (batch) Path Type
Transaction details (POST body is JSON of types.Txns) /txs?spends=[true|false] []types.Tx
Transaction details w/o block info /txs/trimmed []types.TrimmedTx
Address A Path Type
Summary of last 10 transactions /address/A types.Address
Number and value of spent and unspent outputs /address/A/totals types.AddressTotals
Verbose transaction result for last
10 transactions
/address/A/raw types.AddressTxRaw
Summary of last N transactions /address/A/count/N types.Address
Verbose transaction result for last
N transactions
/address/A/count/N/raw types.AddressTxRaw
Summary of last N transactions, skipping M /address/A/count/N/skip/M types.Address
Verbose transaction result for last
N transactions, skipping M
/address/A/count/N/skip/M/raw types.AddressTxRaw
Transaction inputs and outputs as a CSV formatted file. /download/address/io/A CSV file
Stake Difficulty (Ticket Price) Path Type
Current sdiff and estimates /stake/diff types.StakeDiff
Sdiff for block X /stake/diff/b/X []float64
Sdiff for block range [X,Y] (X <= Y) /stake/diff/r/X/Y []float64
Current sdiff separately /stake/diff/current dcrjson.GetStakeDifficultyResult
Estimates separately /stake/diff/estimates dcrjson.EstimateStakeDiffResult
Ticket Pool Path Type
Current pool info (size, total value, and average price) /stake/pool types.TicketPoolInfo
Current ticket pool, in a JSON object with a "tickets" key holding an array of ticket hashes /stake/pool/full []string
Pool info for block X /stake/pool/b/X types.TicketPoolInfo
Full ticket pool at block height or hash H /stake/pool/b/H/full []string
Pool info for block range [X,Y] (X <= Y) /stake/pool/r/X/Y?arrays=[true|false]* []apitypes.TicketPoolInfo

The full ticket pool endpoints accept the URL query ?sort=[true\|false] for requesting the tickets array in lexicographical order. If a sorted list or list with deterministic order is not required, using sort=false will reduce server load and latency. However, be aware that the ticket order will be random, and will change each time the tickets are requested.

*For the pool info block range endpoint that accepts the arrays url query, a value of true will put all pool values and pool sizes into separate arrays, rather than having a single array of pool info JSON objects. This may make parsing more efficient for the client.

Votes and Agendas Info Path Type
The current agenda and its status /stake/vote/info dcrjson.GetVoteInfoResult
All agendas high level details /agendas []types.AgendasInfo
Details for agenda {agendaid} /agendas/{agendaid} types.AgendaAPIResponse
Mempool Path Type
Ticket fee rate summary /mempool/sstx apitypes.MempoolTicketFeeInfo
Ticket fee rate list (all) /mempool/sstx/fees apitypes.MempoolTicketFees
Ticket fee rate list (N highest) /mempool/sstx/fees/N apitypes.MempoolTicketFees
Detailed ticket list (fee, hash, size, age, etc.) /mempool/sstx/details apitypes.MempoolTicketDetails
Detailed ticket list (N highest fee rates) /mempool/sstx/details/N apitypes.MempoolTicketDetails
Exchanges Path Type
Exchange data summary /exchanges exchanges.ExchangeBotState
List of available currency codes /exchanges/codes []string

Exchange monitoring is off by default. Server must be started with --exchange-monitor to enable exchange data. The server will set a default currency code. To use a different code, pass URL parameter ?code=[code]. For example, /exchanges?code=EUR.

Other Path Type
Status /status types.Status
Health (HTTP 200 or 503) /status/happy types.Happy
Coin Supply /supply types.CoinSupply
Endpoint list (always indented) /list []string

All JSON endpoints accept the URL query indent=[true|false]. For example, /stake/diff?indent=true. By default, indentation is off. The characters to use for indentation may be specified with the indentjson string configuration option.

Important Note About Mempool

Although there is mempool data collection and serving, it is very important to keep in mind that the mempool in your node (dcrd) is not likely to be exactly the same as other nodes' mempool. Also, your mempool is cleared out when you shutdown dcrd. So, if you have recently (e.g. after the start of the current ticket price window) started dcrd, your mempool will be missing transactions that other nodes have.

Command Line Utilities

rebuilddb2

rebuilddb2 is a CLI app used for maintenance of dcrdata's dcrpg database (a.k.a. DB v2) that uses PostgreSQL to store a nearly complete record of the Decred blockchain data. This functionality is included in the startup of the dcrdata daemon, but may be called alone with rebuilddb2. See the README.md for rebuilddb2 for important usage information.

scanblocks

scanblocks is a CLI app to scan the blockchain and save data into a JSON file. More details are in its own README. The repository also includes a shell script, jsonarray2csv.sh, to convert the result into a comma-separated value (CSV) file. This app is not actively maintained.

Front End Development

Make sure you have a recent version of node and npm installed. You may want to use the node version manager (nvm) for managing your node download and installation.

From the dcrdata root directory, run the following command to install the node modules.

npm install

This will create and install into a directory named node_modules.

You'll also want to run npm install after merging changes from upstream. It is run for you when you use the build script (./dev/build.sh).

For development, there's a webpack script that watches for file changes and automatically bundles. To use it, run the following command in a separate terminal and leave it running while you work. You'll only use this command if you are editing javascript files.

npm run watch

For production, bundle assets via:

npm run build

Both the watch and build scripts create a single output file at /public/js/dist/app.bundle.js. You will need to at least build if changes have been made. watch essentially runs build after file changes, but also performs some additional checks.

CSS Guidelines

Webpack compiles SCSS to CSS while bundling. The watch script described above also watches for changes in these files and performs linting to ensure syntax compliance.

Before you write any CSS, see if you can achieve your goal by using existing classes available in Bootstrap 4. This helps prevent our stylesheets from getting bloated and makes it easier for things to work well across a wide range browsers & devices. Please take the time to Read the docs

Note there is a dark mode, so make sure things look good with the dark background as well.

HTML

The core functionality of dcrdata is server-side rendered in Go and designed to work well with javascript disabled. For users with javascript enabled, Turbolinks creates a persistent single page application that handles all HTML rendering.

.tmpl files are cached by the backend, and can be reloaded via running killall -USR1 v4 from the command line.

Javascript

To encourage code that is idiomatic to Turbolinks based execution environment, javascript based enhancements should use Stimulus controllers with corresponding actions and targets. Keeping things tightly scoped with controllers and modules helps to localize complexity and maintain a clean application lifecycle. When using events handlers, bind and unbind them in the connect and disconnect function of controllers which executes when they get removed from the DOM.

Web Performance

The core functionality of dcrdata should perform well in low power device / high latency scenarios (eg. a cheap smart phone with poor reception). This means that heavy assets should be lazy loaded when they are actually needed. Simple tasks like checking a transaction or address should have a very fast initial page load.

Helper Packages

package dbtypes defines the data types used by the DB backends to model the block, transaction, and related blockchain data structures. Functions for converting from standard Decred data types (e.g. wire.MsgBlock) are also provided.

package rpcutils includes helper functions for interacting with a rpcclient.Client.

package stakedb defines the StakeDatabase and ChainMonitor types for efficiently tracking live tickets, with the primary purpose of computing ticket pool value quickly. It uses the database.DB type from github.com/decred/dcrd/database with an ffldb storage backend from github.com/decred/dcrd/database/ffldb. It also makes use of the stake.Node type from github.com/decred/dcrd/blockchain/stake. The ChainMonitor type handles connecting new blocks and chain reorganization in response to notifications from dcrd.

package txhelpers includes helper functions for working with the common types dcrutil.Tx, dcrutil.Block, chainhash.Hash, and others.

Internal-use Packages

Some packages are currently designed only for internal use by other dcrdata packages, but may be of general value in the future.

blockdata defines:

  • The chainMonitor type and its BlockConnectedHandler() method that handles block-connected notifications and triggers data collection and storage.
  • The BlockData type and methods for converting to API types.
  • The blockDataCollector type and its Collect() and CollectHash() methods that are called by the chain monitor when a new block is detected.
  • The BlockDataSaver interface required by chainMonitor for storage of collected data.

dcrpg defines:

  • The ChainDB type, which is the primary exported type from dcrpg, providing an interface for a PostgreSQL database.
  • A large set of lower-level functions to perform a range of queries given a *sql.DB instance and various parameters.
  • The internal package contains the raw SQL statements.

package mempool defines a MempoolMonitor type that can monitor a node's mempool using the OnTxAccepted notification handler to send newly received transaction hashes via a designated channel. Ticket purchases (SSTx) are triggers for mempool data collection, which is handled by the MempoolDataCollector class, and data storage, which is handled by any number of objects implementing the MempoolDataSaver interface.

Plans

See the GitHub issue trackers and the project milestones.

Contributing

Yes, please! See CONTRIBUTING.md for details, but here's the gist of it:

  1. Fork the repo.
  2. Create a branch for your work (git checkout -b cool-stuff).
  3. Code something great.
  4. Commit and push to your repo.
  5. Create a pull request.

DO NOT merge from master to your feature branch; rebase.

Note that all dcrdata.org community and team members are expected to adhere to the code of conduct, described in the CODE_OF_CONDUCT file. These guidelines are generally not a challenge for decent humans.

Also, come chat with us on Matrix in the dcrdata channel!

License

This project is licensed under the ISC License. See the LICENSE file for details.

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