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Running as a light client


It may take a very long time for Trinity to find an LES node with open slots. This is not a bug with trinity, but rather a shortage of nodes serving LES. Everyone should consider running their own LES server to improve the health of the network.

Use the --sync-mode=light flag to instruct Trinity to run as a light node.

Ropsten vs Mainnet

Trinity supports running against either the Ethereum Mainnet or Ropsten testnet out of the box. Use --ropsten to run against Ropsten.

trinity --ropsten

Running a custom network

Trinity can run custom networks via configuration file per EIP-1085.

trinity --genesis <PATH-TO-EIP-1085-CONFIG> --data-dir <PATH-TO-DATA-DIR> --network-id <NETWORK-ID>

For a more detailed writeup, checkout the guide about Creating a custom testnet

Connecting to preferred nodes

We can use the --preferred-node command line flag to instruct Trinity to prioritize connecting to specific nodes. This flag takes an enode URI as a single argument but can be used multiple times to prioritize connecting to a set of specific nodes.

trinity --preferred-node enode://a41defa74e8d9d4152699cb9a0d195377da95833769ad6b386092ac3b16c184eb4ef4b4f02889e0b5097ff50fb5847ba99694d40b61f911cdea07b444b00e676@

Using --preferred-node is a good way to ensure Trinity running in sync-mode=light mode connects to known peers who serve LES.

Retrieving Chain information via web3

While just running trinity already causes the node to start syncing, it doesn’t let us interact with the chain directly (apart from the JSON-RPC API).

However, we can attach an interactive shell to a running Trinity instance with the attach subcommand. The interactive ipython shell binds a web3 instance to the w3 variable.

trinity attach

Now that Trinity runs in an interactive shell mode, let’s try to get some information about the latest block by calling w3.eth.getBlock('latest').

In [1]: w3.eth.getBlock(0)
AttributeDict({'difficulty': 17179869184,
  'extraData': HexBytes('0x11bbe8db4e347b4e8c937c1c8370e4b5ed33adb3db69cbdb7a38e1e50b1b82fa'),
  'gasLimit': 5000,
  'gasUsed': 0,
  'hash': HexBytes('0xd4e56740f876aef8c010b86a40d5f56745a118d0906a34e69aec8c0db1cb8fa3'),
  'logsBloom': HexBytes('0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000'),
  'mixHash': HexBytes('0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000'),
  'nonce': HexBytes('0x0000000000000042'),
  'number': 0,
  'parentHash': HexBytes('0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000'),
  'receiptsRoot': HexBytes('0x56e81f171bcc55a6ff8345e692c0f86e5b48e01b996cadc001622fb5e363b421'),
  'sha3Uncles': HexBytes('0x1dcc4de8dec75d7aab85b567b6ccd41ad312451b948a7413f0a142fd40d49347'),
  'stateRoot': HexBytes('0xd7f8974fb5ac78d9ac099b9ad5018bedc2ce0a72dad1827a1709da30580f0544'),
  'timestamp': 0,
  'transactionsRoot': HexBytes('0x56e81f171bcc55a6ff8345e692c0f86e5b48e01b996cadc001622fb5e363b421'),
  'miner': '0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000',
  'totalDifficulty': 17179869184,
  'uncles': [],
  'size': 540,
  'transactions': []})

Performance profiling

Trinity has builtin support for performance profiling via the --profile flag. When we run Trinity with the --profile flag it creates a cProfile of every single process in the current directory.

The files are named profile_* (e.g. profile_discovery) and can be viewed with any tool that supports cProfile files.

A simple way is through cprofilev

pip install cprofilev

Once installed we can generate a HTML based report and view it in a browser.

cprofilev -f profile_discovery