I already have the ethereum wallet running on my laptop, when I exit it and go to run geth in terminal it redownloads the entire blockchain again? Same thing happens when I go from geth to the wallet.

Anyway to avoid this?

  • Can you provide some details on versions used, OS, if you are running both under the same user account, etc?
    – J-B
    Feb 10 '16 at 7:12
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    If you have a running geth instance, mist should simply connect to it. Maybe add some more details about your ethereum appdata directory structure, os, versions, etc.
    – Afr
    Feb 10 '16 at 9:04

Yes, it will re-download unless you specify a same --datadir for geth and Mist.

See How to set a different datadir in Mist?

You can start geth using --datadir "PATH/BASED/ON/OS" flag to use the same blockchain.

Follow issue #210 and #70 both deals with the directory of the blockchain

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