So my usual faucet, Zerogox, is currently down. I'm writing documentation on a projet that needs a LOT of testing, and I can't possibly write something like "to start and get some testnet ether, go ask someone on reddit".
I don't need thousands of ether, I think even 1 to 5 a week would be enough, but I need a reliable, source. Since I can't rely on faucets (that are pretty hard to find right now), I need to mine testnet ether. Like I said, I could do with 1 ether a week.
But I don't understand how mining works, I didn't need it before. What gas price should I use to get fraction of ether easily?
The github page only gives theory, I have no idea of what real values I should use. It's also outdated (I assume), because for example
miner.hashrate doesn't exist on the version of geth I'm using (which was released after the latest edit of the page).
It's hard to keep track of how much ether I've mined, and if I'm being successful,
miner has almost 0 info, only functions (start, stop, and set stuff).
How do I efficiently mine testnet ether? Why can't I find a comprehensive guide about it? Most posts end with "Give me your address, I'll send you some" which is not at all what I want, I need to be independent.
I want to clarify a few things:
- I cannot use a private testnet. I need to use the public one.
- I'm only using geth. Mist and Ethereum Wallet are out of the picture.
- I'm not looking for a small-time fix for my problem in particular, I'm asking for a comprehensive guide that I think could benefit to many people. Either it already exists, or we could start a wiki post with instructions and tips on what gas price gives best results, how to keep track of performances, etc.