(beginner question)

I have installed Ethereum Wallet 0.7.6 on Windows. It shows 5-6 peers and 1,230,865 (growing every ~1 minute). Two days ago I clicked on "Start Mining" and the wallet has been running continuously for over 48 hours now. I have 0 ether balance, but according to this answer, however, I should have some Testnet ethers within 20 minutes, mining using the CPU only.

Update: I found an external configuration reason for the lack of results and indeed the client wasn't mining, but still my question is valid:

How can I track my mining activities on Testnet (shall I use the same tools as for Main Network)?

What can I do when my balance is stuck at zero? Shall I check some website (explorer)? Look at the logs? Check something in the wallet interface?

Advised to check the Etherscan explorer I would like to stress I am talking about a situation where I have not mined any block for 48 hours and it shows like this:

Etherscan results

From the screen above (or subsequent links) I cannot see a way to tell if my Mist is actually mining something or not.

As a contrary, if I ran geth on Main Network in CLI, I could see things being processed even if I didn't get any results (blocks).

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Ethereum Wallet keeps a log of your mining activity and it is more or less real time. In my case, I have the Mac Ethereum Wallet app and if I click on Develop > Show Log File, the app takes me to the location of the log-files. On Mac, you can open the most recent log-file with Console and then you see your progress. If you are mining actively, you should see something like:

I0208 10:27:55.933072 core/blockchain.go:1070] imported 1 blocks, 0 txs (0.000 Mg) in 10.527ms (0.000 Mg/s). #495315 [94c82d0c…]
I0208 10:27:55.942106 miner/worker.go:514] commit new work on block 495316 with 4 txs & 0 uncles. Took 8.921554ms

Since I also haven't gotten any Ether for mining yet, I cannot tell you how a successful block commit and Ether transaction would look like. But at least you can see whether you are actually mining or not.


You can track block mined by your account on any testnet explorer. E.g. http://testnet.etherscan.io/address/0x8d80fe3a57f2f48bff06db68f3d2c94ea23c88c7#mine.

Testnet is the same technology, but different configuration (e.g. different network number from main network). So the explorer are able to track testnet and main network side-by-side with minimal additional cost.

  • (1) So there is no difference between Testnet and Main Network? I should use the same tools, the same ...scope? By coincidence 10 minutes ago I mined 5.0378258 ether and one block lists, but (2) Where in the explorer could I see the progress during those 48 hours when I indeed had zero balance? -- And this (2) was my real question, I did not want to see mined blocks because I had none. I wanted to confirm that I am on a right path to getting one.
    – techraf
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 13:18
  • Ad. (1) I see, it's the subdomain that determines the scope.
    – techraf
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 13:36
  • And that was my question, so you should add it to answer, please. But I can't see how it allows me to see actual progress towards the first mined block.
    – techraf
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 13:41
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    You cannot track because there is no progress. Mining is pure probability and luck. Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 20:03
  • "You cannot track because..." - I don't know that, hence my question (i.e. your remark again should be a part of the answer). However, if I ran geth on Main Network in CLI, I could see things being processed even if I didn't have any results, with Ethereum Wallet I see nothing.
    – techraf
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 21:38

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