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I am syncing the Rinkeby network with geth

geth --rinkeby --rpc --rpcapi="personal,eth,network,web3,net" --ipcpath="~/.ethereum/geth.ipc"

When I run

eth syncing

in geth console, it is showing

{
  currentBlock: 1977672,
  highestBlock: 3290356,
  knownStates: 4267080,
  pulledStates: 4265773,
  startingBlock: 1254995
}

Is there any approximate time to complete syncing?

After syncing the first time, should I go through the same process next time? Or I can sync in less time than the first time?

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Time varies from computer to computer, since it depends on the hardware on each one. However, it is usual that syncing from block 0 is (relatively) faster that catching up to a previously synced blockchain. You can see in the geth output how many blocks are imported each time, however, states are other thing, and, as far as I know, there is no way of knowing how many states are currently on any chain.

  • If i completed syncing once, should I go for the whole syncing process second time? – Shams Nahid Nov 7 '18 at 2:21
  • It really depends on how much syncing is needed, i don't have a benchmark on when exactly that is, but in your case, i doubt it would be necesary – Hari GTT Psicolabis Nov 7 '18 at 16:51

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