Most useful thing I had to discover for myself the hard way was you use CTRL-SHIFT-V to paste into a terminal window. (not just CTRL-V like windows)
But this will hopefully help you get your wallet started: Go to the search tool (the first icon on the launch bar) type 'term' and select 'terminal' or press CTRL-ALT-T
change the current directory 'cd' to where -qt was copied At any point in the terminal screen, you can use the command 'ls' to list the files and folders at the current location or 'pwd' to see the current (i.e. Present Working Directory)
cd ~/Desktop (or wherever you put the -qt wallet program) note ~ in Linux directory paths represents the current user's home directory /home/myusername
then type ./-qt
(note, unlike windows, if you want to run a program from the current directory you usually have to type ./ before the program name, which means 'this folder')
and that should fire up the logo splash screen. Wait a few seconds (up to 30 or so on my machine) and eventually the main wallet screen appears and after about another couple of minutes it should start synching with the network.
The FIRST THING YOU MUST DO when you get your wallet working is to use the menu commands (which in Ubuntu are always located at the very top of the SCREEN, NOT the top of the wallet window, and you have to point your mouse up there to reveal them) to
1. encrypt (lock) the wallet under tthe settings menu and then
2. use backup wallet on the file menu to copy the wallet.dat file to a usb key or a different machine on your network or a private folder in the cloud in case this machine dies.
To lock the wallet, use a long pass phrase you will never forget and that is hard to guess. Type the pass phrase slowly and carefully, paying attention to capitals and punctuation. Have a quick test now that you can subsequently unlock it again as you'd like to find that out now, rather than 3 months down the line when you try to spend some coins and discover that the passphrase you typed wasn't what you thought you typed.
Locking the wallet means that even if somebody obtains the wallet.dat file (which contains your secret keys to retreive and spend your funds in the block chain) they will not be able to spend any of the funds in it unless they also know the passphrase. If you subsequently forget the passphrase or lose the wallet.dat file (i.e. the hard disk dies, and you didn't have a backup of wallet.dat), whatever coins you had will be lost forever.
You only need to unlock the wallet to SPEND coins (i.e. to send them to a receiver address). Your wallet will always receive coins sent to it whether the wallet is locked or unlocked.
Hope this helps you get started. Good luck and glad to have you on board!
Well, slap me with a haddock. I also couldn't start -qt by double clicking, so I've been using the terminal to launch it for weeks. But I just double-clicked it now and it started. I wonder if maybe it just takes ages to start the first time, and I just thought it didn't work? Maybe once you've got it working once, and its all synced it might start up by double-clicking? Let me know how you get on.
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Mar 31, 2018 6:33:51 GMT