I'm not quite sure whether this is the right forum to ask this question.

If I start the ipfs daemon it starts in read only mode. How can I start it in read and write mode?

API server listening on /ip4/ Gateway (readonly) server listening on /ip4/ Daemon is ready

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You need to pass the --writable flag to ipfs daemon.

You can see docs for this in ipfs daemon --help


To enable writing objects with POST, PUT and DELETE, start the daemon with the writable flag:

ipfs daemon --writable=true

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