is is possible that Archive node can rebuild all transactions from genesis by syncing with another full node scenario

  • 5 sealer nodes which are full node [gcmode=full]
  • recently i created 1 new node which is an archive node [gcmode=archive] , i will be using, geth --syncmode full --gcmode archive

when i start this new archive node , will it be able to rebuild all transactions starting from genesis by syncing with another full node ?

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Developer advocate from chainstack here.

TLDR, yes it is possible.

In fact, I think a Geth full node can just turn into an Archive node by itself. (not 100% sure about this though).

The main difference here is an archive node keeps the historical state data, and a full node does not. However, a full node still keeps all historical transactions and block information which can be used to generate state data upon request.

Full nodes only keep historical blockchain data (blocks and transactions) and occasional historical snapshots they can use to regenerate older states on request. They do this by re-executing past transactions in the EVM, which can be computationally demanding when the desired state is far from the nearest snapshot. source

We have an article "EVM nodes: A dive into the full nodes vs. archive nodes" explaining the differences in detail. It may be helpful for you.

As a developer(not as a Chainstacker), I still recommend you consider using an RPC provider like us. Setting up an archive node is very computationally intensive and may take weeks/months to finish. Keeping the node running is a pain too because of its huge storage space requirement.

  • Access to an archive node start from our Growth plan, You can check out the price on this page: chainstack.com/pricing. You will receive 3M free requests every month and additional usage cost 10USD/1M requests. It is def cheaper than setting up an archive node by yourself. Mar 14, 2023 at 6:56

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