Findora Guides
Toolbox Moving Servers

Notes on Moving Servers

For people looking to move providers or re-create a validator, you'll need to import a few files onto the new server and then be sure to shut off the old server before starting the new server with your old keys to avoid double signing slashing (5% from your pool). The slashing fee for Missing Blocks is far less and easier to explain than getting slashed for 5%.

Backup Recovery Data Files

The Validator Toolbox copies all files you need to backup into the folder ~/findora_backup every time you launch it.

To backup your server, save this folder somewhere safe and always keep it private. You will need it for recovery or migrating servers.

If you're not using the validator toolbox here's a list of files you'll need to migrate to a new server:

Migrate your server via Validator Toolbox

To migrate via validator toolbox, use the toolbox to install a brand new node on your new server. Let it fully sync up with the blockchain and now you're ready to use the toolbox to convert this new server over to using your old validator keys and files.

We've built a migration tool into the validator toolbox. To activate this feature create a folder named ~/migrate and using your old server files place the tmp.gen.keypair file inside along with a copy of your tendermint/config folder. Your ~/migrate folder should look like this:


Once those files are in place you can shut down your old server to avoid double signing as you're ready to flip the new server to your old file and start signing instantly.

After shutting down your old server, restart the validator toolbox and you will see option 888 available to migrate your server files to the new validator node.

After running it you'll be up and online almost instantly as you let it sync up and keep running without stopping it except for a moment when we change your keys over.

Manual Migration Method

Note: This is the old method, the toolbox works best to migrate efficiently. This guide will assume you have a new server online and synced up to the blockchain on a temporary brand new wallet. You can use the validator toolbox install to get to this point and then take over manually.

On your new server

Assuming you did the standard installation and have findora synced up with the blockchain on a temporary wallet you may proceed.

Log into your new server and create the folders we will use for migration in your home directory. Create a folder named migrate with a config folder inside by running the following commands:

cd ~/
mkdir -p ~/migrate/config

Use a transfer app to add your old tmp.gen.keypair, node.mnemonic files into the ~/migrate folder. Add your old config folder into the ~/migrate/config folder.

At this point you can shut down your old server and take it offline to avoid double signing.

Once your old server is offline - On the new server, download and run our migration script to convert your server over to your old keys and to start syncing again run our new script by running the following code:

We will stop the running server and swap over to the old server files using the files uploaded into ~/migrate & ~/migrate/config now. This should not take very long and you will see the statistics run when ready.

You are all migrated and online at this point with your new server with old info!

Migrate by hand

These steps are here for those who want to learn the step by step process to doing what the scripts to only. Use one of the methods above. You can skip to the next page from here!

Here's our steps to migrating to a new server running a temporary wallet/key to start running as your old validator information.

On your new server

Once you are fully syncronized on the new server you can now stop your new server's container and then begin replacing your key files. You will need to remove your current docker container with the temporary keys to build a container using the key you are migrating.

To stop and remove the current temporary validator container run the following code:

Verify your container is shut off by running docker ps and making sure that it no longer shows your findorad container as online.

Once you verify the container has stopped, Update all of the following files with the same files on your old system using a transfer app:

Update all the files in the following folder with the contents of the same folder on your old system:

Reconnect fn to the new files by running the following commands:

Re-run tendermint to reconnect to the updated files by running the following command:

Reset Permissions by running the following command (update servicefindora to your username if it's different):

sudo chown -R servicefindora:servicefindora /data/findora

Verify wallet information is shown in fn show with your proper wallet address showing. Verify it matches key on your old validator!


On your old server

Now is the time to stop your old server to avoid having double singing.

Stop Docker To Stop Signing on your old server by running the following code:

I also shutdown the old server at this point to make sure there's 0 chance of double signing. You should be ok without shutting down but if you'd like to be safe run:

sudo init 0


From here on down the guide the following tasks are time dependent as you'll begin to miss signatures at this point.

Back on your new server

  • Restart your Findorad Docker Container using the update_image_version script:

Verify your server catches up and is now signing blocks.