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Similar to the configuration script, the script acts as the central repository for standard commands, mainly to be called from the Middleware.

BitBoxBase: system commands repository
usage: [--version] [--help] <command>

possible commands:
  setup         <datadir>
  bitcoind      <reindex|resync|refresh_rpcauth>
  flashdrive    <check|mount|unmount>
  backup        <sysconfig|hsm_secret>
  restore       <sysconfig|hsm_secret>
  mender-update <install|commit>

The following commands are available:

  • setup:
    • datadir: called on boot to check if the persistent data directory is already set up, and initializes it if necessary. Multiple scenarios need to be considered:
      • read/write disk, without Mender (likely a development image) the /data directory can be created directly, copying the initial content from the source directory /data_source
      • read-only disk, without Mender (e.g. a DIY image) image is build using OVERLAYROOT option, so all changes written to the root filesystem are volatile due to the tmpfs overlay. To preserve changes in /data, the directory is created as a symbolic link to /mnt/ssd/data on the SSD.
      • read-only disk, with Mender (BitBoxBase production image) the /data directory is mounted from a separate, persistent partition that is not overwritten on update. Initial content is copied once from /data_src into that partition.
  • bitcoind
    • reindex: deletes the Bitcoin Core chainstate (UTXO set) and the Electrs indices, but not the raw blockchain data. Bitcoin Core is restarted to reindex the whole existing blockchain, thus building up a new UTXO set and validating the whole blockchain from Genesis.
    • resync: in addition to reindex, this command also deletes the raw blockchain data. After restarting Bitcoin Core, the whole blockchain data (~250 GB) are downloaded before a full validation is conducted.
    • refresh_rpcauth: authentication to Bitcoin Core JSON API uses the rpcauth method, with clients using static rpcuser and rpcpassword values. This command automatically creates new authentication keys and recreates related application configuration files.
  • flashdrive: controls a USB flashdrive plugged directly in to the device
    • check: checks if a USB flashdrive suitable for a backup is plugged in, and returns its device path (e.g. /dev/sdb1). Exactly one flashdrive must be present that is not larger than 64 GiB, so exteral USB drives in DIY builds are not confused with flashdrives.
    • mount: expects the device path as an argument and mounts the flashdrive to /mnt/backup with a restrictive usage policy if it is suited for backup
    • unmount: unmounts the flashdrive
  • backup
    • sysconfig: copies the Redis datastore /data/redis/bitboxbase.rdb to a mounted flashdrive
    • hsm_secret: stores the c-lightning on-chain seed /mnt/ssd/bitcoin/.lightning/hsm_secret into Redis, encoded as base64
  • restore
    • sysconfig: restores the Redis datastore /data/redis/bitboxbase.rdb from a mounted flashdrive and restarts Redis
    • hsm_secret: saves the c-lightning on-chain seed from Redis into /mnt/ssd/bitcoin/.lightning/hsm_secret
  • mender-update
    • install: expects a Base image version and downloads/verifies/installs the Mender update artefact into the inactive partition. A reboot is required to boot into the updated system. This command requireds either a version number (in the format of x.x.x) to fetch the release from GitHub, or flashdrive to load the update from a mounted usb flashdrive (update image must be available as /mnt/backup/update.base)
    • commit: commits an update to become persistent. If it is not committed, the device falls back to the previous Base image on reboot.