I'm running on Rinkeby testnet with this command (I resynced the whole blockchain with this):

./geth --rinkeby --syncmode full --rpc --rpcapi "web3,db,eth,net,personal" --datadir /.../

and after the whole blockchain synced, I tried (again) to run this command:

I made this call:


The block number there is an arbitrary number, 100000 (in hex). The call is to get the balance of some arbitrary token.

And received the error missing trie node.

Is there something else I'm missing?

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You are trying to get the balance very far into the past and it does not exist because you didn't download it. geth 1.8 only has 128 StateDB entries, while geth 1.7.3 has 10,000 , you can only query recent state entries.

  • What do you mean with "you didn't download it"? Is there something I can do download it? Btw I have geth 1.8.11. Are you telling me it's hopeless and impossible to query such old blocks? Jul 6, 2018 at 2:36
  • I mean , not you, but geth didn't recalculate blocks from 0, and downloaded the state of only recent block. It is possible, but it is weeks of processing and terabyte in SSD storage
    – Nulik
    Jul 6, 2018 at 13:07

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