For the Newcomer...



  • Hey Sia Comm,

    I'm really psyched about using Sia and am interested in investing a good sum into Siacoin. I'm just trying to understand the system better. I downloaded the app and the wallet works great! I was able to receive Siacoin from Bittrex in just a couple minutes and my tx showed up in my wallet before it was even confirmed (nice!).

    I just need some guidance with the file uploads. I'd like to confirm that the actual product works before I invest. I just want to upload a simple test file to try it out. Currently I'm getting the "Not enough contracts to upload. You must buy storage to upload, or wait for contracts to form" error. I did set up an allowance of 2,000 SiaCoin (~$40) and, after 5 hours, still have 0 contracts.

    Can you explain how this contract process works? $40 should be enough to upload one file, right? Is there some action I need to complete to gain more contracts? Do I need to enter some CLI commands? The UI could use more direction. When the user doesn't understand the full process and doesn't know what he/she is doing, they tend to get frustrated and quit.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thx!


  • Global Moderator

    @tony_g
    You need to form at least 30 contracts before you can upload any files. Not sure what is causing your problem, maybe your wallet need some time to discover more hosts. Try typing in hostdb in the terminal of Sia-UI and see what is the output.

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    SC: e8f701c1b2b37c8560cd9bbd2ab85e352d27112f51f0cec815a1331dcc2257392f6b53440b4c
    DCR: DsSKZQkB1MZ81o5DtePbmC3swPCzgbtdg6f
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  • Hey @SandBlock thanks for the reply. hostdb gives me:

    1 Active Hosts:
    Address Price (per TB per Mo)
    1: 82.220.99.82:9982 7.5 KS

    Is that me or another machine? Also, for awhile I was getting an error message next to the globe symbol that said "No Peers" in red. Think that's the reason for 0 contracts? Do I have to be in Proximity to another Sia user for this to work? I'm currently in the Southeast USA...


  • Global Moderator

    @tony_g
    Ah, so this is your problem, your node did not discover enough host to make contracts. This is my output when I run hostdb.

    hostdb
    2103 Active Hosts
    
    • Make sure you are using the latest version of Sia-UI (v1.3.1). Older version will not work with the current network.
    • For the "No Peers", visit this site and follow the steps to fix your problem https://siastats.info/nodes.html

    Find me on the Official Sia Discord.

    Feel free to donate and support me!
    SC: e8f701c1b2b37c8560cd9bbd2ab85e352d27112f51f0cec815a1331dcc2257392f6b53440b4c
    DCR: DsSKZQkB1MZ81o5DtePbmC3swPCzgbtdg6f
    ETH/ETC: 0x5d67690768F0Fc4780c578393Ca567e5bCb38378

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