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I have a mining pool and I'm using geth. Do i need to keep my pool wallet unlocked in geth in order for the pool to work? Includes unlocking blocks and sending payments to miners on the pool.

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It depends on the pool software.

You only need to have an unlocked wallet in order to sign transactions; technically, you could get away with unlocking only for payouts. For security purposes, you could generate the payout transaction and sign it on an air-gapped computer. Thus, you never need to have a computer with an unlocked wallet connected to the Internet.

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