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Thebox The Box Compose Framework

Abstract

This is a basic framework for orchestration of the box services for running a full lightning and bitcoin node.

⚠️ A word of caution

Documentation is very sparse for now. Only use this if you know exactly what you are doing.

📝 How to use

Ideally, you should create a user for this and then run it within the root of that user. There are some root privilege needed stuff, however LND doesn't support tor passwords yet so we will need to wait.

Step 1

Ensure you have the latest docker installed, python3 (for docker-compose), and docker-compose (installed from python3 pip).

Ensure that you have the latest tor (currently working with 0.3.5.8), and you are using system default paths.

For the install script, you should also have git installed.

For the configuration script you should also have wget.

These scripts all are able to run as non-interactive sessions.

Step 2

Ensure that your account is permissioned for docker.

Step 3

Run this from your home directory. This clones this repo into your home directory, as well as preserving the existing structure.

# This can run in anywhere. Ideally HOME, but you can use multiple folders with different installs if you wish to keep things separate
# This will not overwrite any other files but you should segment this in its
# own folder
curl "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/lncm/thebox-compose-system/master/install-box.sh" | sh
# OR wget (if this works better)
wget -qO- "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/lncm/thebox-compose-system/master/install-box.sh" | sh

# Alternatively
curl "https://gitlab.com/lncm/thebox-compose-system/-/raw/master/install-box.sh" | sh
# or (wget)
wget -qO- "https://gitlab.com/lncm/thebox-compose-system/-/raw/master/install-box.sh" | sh

📝 Configuring

# If you want to use testnet or regtest (just use REGTEST=true), otherwise we will use mainnet by default and be #reckless
# Some instructions on working with regtest is below
export TESTNET=true
# testnet mode not supported as config is completely different

# Run this in the $HOME directory
wget -qO- "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/lncm/thebox-compose-system/master/configure-box.sh" | sh
# or (should be in the $HOME directory after install)
./configure-box.sh

# Alternatively
curl "https://gitlab.com/lncm/thebox-compose-system/-/raw/master/configure-box.sh" | sh
# or (wget)
wget -qO- "https://gitlab.com/lncm/thebox-compose-system/-/raw/master/configure-box.sh" | sh

📝 Running

# Build containers in build/ always
docker-compose up -d --build
# verify the containers
docker ps -a

# Additional node: You should have a way of creating a wallet. Currently this container does not have a create wallet container.
# For the unlock script to work, put the unlock password in secrets/lnd-password.txt

📝 Configuring and Running in Regtest mode

After fetching this (or after a branch reset)

Configure the box

export REGTEST=true
./configure-box.sh

Start docker-compose and build

docker-compose up --build
# or (in detached mode)
docker-compose up --build -d

Generate a wallet and address

# Must create a wallet
docker exec -it lnd lncli --network=regtest create
docker exec -it lnd lncli --network=regtest newaddress p2wkh

Mine some bitcoins into the address to use for channels (regtest only)

docker exec -it bitcoin bitcoin-cli generatetoaddress 1 <address-generated>

Now you should be ready to open channels, and theoretically you can link multiple LND nodes (as long as they connect to the same bitcoind for reference)

Adding licensing information to files

We're unlicense because sharing is caring. But lawyers and stuff are not cool.

# THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
# EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF
# MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT.
# IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR
# OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE,
# ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR
# OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

Architecture


                                    + ------------- +                   + ------------- +
                                    |    bitcoind   | < - - - - - - - - |      lnd      |
                                    + ------------- +                   + ------------- +
                                            ^                                   +
                                            |                                   |
                                            |                                   |
                                            |                                   +
                                            |                + --------------------------------------------- +
                                            |                |                                               |
                                            |                |                                               |
                                            |         + ----------------------- +                    + ----------------------- +
                                            + ------- |    neutrino-switcher    |                    |         invoicer        |
                                                      + ----------------------- +                    + ----------------------- +

TODO List

Please see the following tasks which are on this list.