I'm new to Tezos Baking and just setup my node on my laptop to get used the system. My node appears to be fully synchronized with current time stamps. Now when I run the command to start the baker I get "Waiting for the node to be synchronized with its peers..." and it hangs like this. I'm assuming this is because I currently don't have any Tezos in my baker wallet, would this be the case? or would the baker still start? I don't want to transfer the Tezos until I'm sure everything is running fine.

Also can anyone tell me how much the hardware effects the performance of the node and ultimately the profitability? I understand a fast storage device such as SSD is best but what about processor etc? I see many people use RPi, are these sufficient or will better hardware yield better performance?


  • please offer more technical details so we can assist you here. Otherwise if you need more dynamic assistance please go to community channels like telegram or riot.
    – Ezy
    Apr 25 '20 at 15:16

You only need the equivalent of 2 CPU cores to bake/endorse with Tezos, and about 4 GB of RAM. Any more will remain idle. Yes, SSD due to poor database implementation, unfortunately.

You should run this command before starting the baker and endorser: export TEZOS_LOG='* -> debug'

That will give you much more output so you have an idea of what is happening. If the baker/endorser say you need to wait to sync, then you need to wait and sync. Did you import a snapshot? If not, it'll take a good 2-4 days to sync.

You need to transfer your tokens now to your baking address and register it now if you want to bake. There is a mandatory waiting period of approx 30 days before you'll begin to bake. The longer you wait to transfer/activate, the longer it'll be before you actually start.

  • I tried to install a snapshot but it kept failing saying somethings along the line of the file is inconsistent. Apr 16 '20 at 18:10
  • Do the tokens just need to be in my baker wallet on my ledger for this long or I need my node ruining and fully setup with with my baking key? Apr 16 '20 at 18:21
  • You need your node up and sync'd so that you can inject the operation that says "I want to be a baker". On the next block # which is a multiple of 512, a snapshot will be taken of the whole network. If your tokens are not present in the address, they will not get counted and the network might believe you are trying to bake with 0 funds.
    – utdrmac
    Apr 17 '20 at 12:26
  • In ledger I have two apps, the Tezos one that holds my tokens, and the tezos baking app. Do I hold my funds in the regular tezos app or do I need to transfer to the address fro the baking? I assume the latter but if I do that I can't see any way to get the funds back out should I wish as there is no account in ledger live. Apr 21 '20 at 16:46
  • @StevenRichards You need to have funds in your baking address in order to pay the bonds for any blocks and endorsements you create. Additionally, the baking app on your ledger must be active when it is your turn, otherwise you cannot sign and you'll lose the rewards.
    – utdrmac
    Apr 22 '20 at 1:12

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