I'm running "geth --rpc" for the first time. It ran overnight, and the next day it shows the block chain number matches the number on https://ethstats.net, but the program never stops running. Looks like it is keeping up with the blockchains created all the time...

Am I supposed to CNTL-Break out of it, or just let it keep running forever while I got start trying to run ETHMINER in another command prompt window.

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If you are solo mining, you must run geth all the time. ethminer connects to geth to find out what to mine.

If you are mining with a pool, you don't need geth at all. ethminer connects to the pool to find out what to mine.

  • Ok, I think that makes sense. The instructions I was following said to run it, and I thought a read some blogs about it running "a while" but not forever. Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 19:12
  • Oh, and I was using a pool, so that's a good bit of info to know too. Thanks Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 19:12

geth needs to be running in order to get the latest blockchain data.

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