I just installed mainnet-snapshot yesterday. I am running two nodes now, one with a mainnet node (archive) and one with the mainnet-snapshot branch (history mode=full). My baker is only connected to the mainnet node. I was wondering if I could make a snapshot out of the mainnet node that I have been maintaining since the beginning of the betanet. I tried to use a copy of the .tezos-node/ directory from my mainnet node with the mainnet-snapshot node, however I couldn't start it and I was getting error related to the node version being 0.0.1 and not 0.0.2. The 2nd node using "snapshots" is gonna take otherwise forever to synchronize and download/process the whole chain. What do you people think?

  • A conversion tool to take the db from 0.0.1 to 0.0.2 would be nice. I'm currently re-syncing from scratch which will take about 3 days on SSD where a conversion tool I suspect would take less than 1 hour and save a ton of bandwidth. Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 17:11
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    You will find the current answer here. I can't think of more than a few words to say: use mainnet branch.
    – Tom
    Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 18:56
  • Thanks a lot Tom, you just saved me a ton of time and disk space... I would have never tried to export the snapshot with the mainnet node, honestly...
    – Javi Hache
    Commented Apr 20, 2019 at 19:41
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    Please @Tom can you post your answer as actual answer ? this way the OP can mark the question as answered
    – Ezy
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 10:54

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To quote the release notes:

For this purpose the mainnet node has a new command snapshot export that allows to export a snapshot from a existing whole context, in history mode full or rolling. Note that the mainnet node can only export snapshots and not import them.

A node from the Git branch (or Docker tag) mainnet-snapshots is capable of importing a snapshot and starting from it. This allows for a smaller disk footprint and faster node execution because of better locality on disk. Furthermore a mainnet-snapshots node will start the testchain by default.

Note that the branch mainnet-snapshots produces and requires a tezos-node directory with version 0.0.2 while a node from the branch mainnet requires version 0.0.1. The two are incompatible and a node will refuse to start if given the wrong one.

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