If you’re mining Monero, you might have heard of the currency getting some bad press because several botnets pushed miners out to their clients. This is one of the reasons why the core team decided to upgrade the protocol. You can find their official statement on getmonero.org.
For reference of the initial installation on Linux servers, I’ve written about them here:
If you’re interested in upgrading your xmr-stak miner, you just have to run a few commands to remove the previous miner and to get the new and upgraded version:
#removing the old miner build: cd xmr-stak rm -rf build/* # get the new version git pull cd build cmake -DCUDA_ENABLE=OFF -DOpenCL_ENABLE=OFF .. make install cd bin ./xmr-stak
Where a new interactive menu will greet you and you can pick several other currencies:
Please enter: - Please enter the currency that you want to mine: - aeon7 - cryptonight - cryptonight_lite - edollar - electroneum - graft - intense - karbo - monero7 - stellite - sumokoin
monero7 for the new protocol update.
New config file format
The config file format for xmr-stak has changed as well and is not split into:
Which separate the pools to mine at from the actual miner config.
The upgrade does require a bit of manual work, but overall it seems quite painless and there is no additional coin spawned through the fork, but the network agreed on the protocol update.
Let me know if you’re also mining a bit of Monero or if you’re more interested in other cryptocurrencies at the moment!