Troubleshooting

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General

Most symptoms are solved by restarting your node. If you experience issues running your node, try stopping the node by:

sudo phala stop

And attempt a restart with

sudo phala start

If you still have issues attempt to update the script.

Investigating the Issue

Get an overview of your miner’s status first.

sudo phala status

In case your node is stuck, a typical scenario would look like the following:

Phala Network

(image showing stuck node on the miner)

With the symptom in the scenario above, the right method to solve the issue would be restarting the node container only, with the commands mentioned here, and restarting the containers.

Now check the status of the node again.

If the local node block height is empty first, check if all required containers are running.

sudo docker ps

You should have three containers running as shown in this example:

Phala Network

(image showing the miner node’s running docker containers)

To get the most recent logs of each container, you may execute:

docker logs <container_ID/container_name> -n 100 -f

Note that <container_ID/container_name> must be replaced with the container you wish the receive the logs from. In the example above the container_ID is 8dc34f63861e and container_name would be phala-pherry.
If you attempt to post on the phala forum and do not know where the issue lies, please post the logs of all three docker containers. Copy-paste the container logs from the terminal into the forum post.

< 3 running containers

If a container is missing (<3 are running), you may attempt to restart it separately with the respective commands below.

Use the applicable command to restart your missing container.

sudo phala start node
sudo phala start pruntime
sudo phala start pherry

Advanced Troubleshooting

In some cases, it might be beter to reinstall the mining script. To do this, first uninstall the script:

sudo phala uninstall

And delete the mining script repository by executing:

rm -rf $HOME/solo-mining-scripts-main

Now you may reinstall the mining script.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y && sudo apt autoremove -y
sudo apt install wget unzip
cd ~
wget https://github.com/Phala-Network/solo-mining-scripts/archive/refs/heads/main.zip
unzip main.zip
rm -r main.zip #cleaning up the installation
cd solo-mining-scripts-main/ #note this depends on your current directory
sudo ./phala.sh install

You may now restart your node.

Peer Connectivity

Some users running nodes may find their nodes are struggling to connect to peers, which causes nodes to be dropped from the network. You can check your node connections through executing:

sudo docker logs -f phala-node

For an optimal setup, you should have between 40 and 50 peers.

If you have insufficient peers do the following:

  • Check your firewall settings
  • Ensure there are no NAT or Policy-based filters

Feel free to read NAT for more information if you are curious about the root causes. Also, do not hesitate to look for existing Phala forum posts before posing your issue if you are stuck.

Driver Issues

DCAP driver Installation

ℹ️ The most common issue is that your motherboard may not support a DCAP driver. In this case, the script cannot automatically install the isgx driver and results in the following error message.

Phala Network

(image of the terminal showing the DCAP driver error message)

In this case, prior to running sudo phala start, you need to manually install the isgx driver:

sudo phala install isgx

Khala Node Stops Synching

If the Khala Chain stops synching and is stuck at a specific block and does not continue to sync, we advise you first to restart your node.

If the synchronization still fails, you may try to delete the khala chain database on your miner’s node. It is located in /var/khala-dev-node/chains/khala.

Phala Network

(image showing the khala blockchain files of the miner node)

It is located in /var/khala-dev-node/chains/khala.

First, stop your node with:

sudo phala stop

To delete the khala blockchain database on your node, execute the following commands:

rm -rf /var/khala-dev-node/chains/khala

To delete the Kusama blockchain , run:

rm -rf /var/khala-dev-node/chains/polkadot

Deleting the Mining Scripts

If you encounter any issues unistalling the mining scripts and all dependencies except the drivers, you may delete them by executing the following commands:

sudo rm -r /opt/phala
sudo rm -r ~/solo-mining-scripts-main
sudo rm ~/main.zip

You can follow this tutorial to redownload and reinstall the new phala mining scripts.

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