I'm trying to start Geth from an offline machine. An answer in a related question seems to indicate this is possible.
However, running the command
$ geth hangs at
Starting Server. Trying to attach an IPC console via
geth attach fails, complaining about a missing
geth.ipc file. Attempting to pass in one-off commands via
console hangs as well.
I'm getting the feeling a network connection is needed for Geth to complete its bootstrapping process. Has this been the case for others, or should Geth be able to start offline?
I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 and Geth 1.4.0-unstable.
gethas a means to sign transactions on a cold storage machine that wouldn't have access to the internet. Just browsing quickly through the advertised methods on
testrpc, it doesn't look to be capable of this.