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Keep an eye on your validator

Once your validator has been activated, you can set up validator monitoring together with a dashboard to keep track of its performance.

Another way of keeping track is using an online service such as beaconcha.in - Mainnet or Prater.

Both online services and dashboards allow setting up alerts for when the validator is offline.

Troubleshooting

Make sure your validator is attached

On startup, you should see a log message that reads Local validator attached. This has a pubkey field which should the public key of your validator.

Keep track of your syncing progress

To keep track of your sync progress, pay attention to the Slot start messages in your logs:

INF 2022-06-16 13:23:11.008+02:00 Slot start
  topics="beacnde"
  slot=4046214
  epoch=126444
  sync="00h37m (99.38%) 11.0476slots/s (DDQQDDDPDD:4021215)"
  peers=55
  head=5d59aba3:4021234
  finalized=125661:82616f78
  delay=8ms245us608ns

Where:

  • slot is the current time on the beacon chain, measured in "slots"
  • epoch shows the current epoch - each epoch has 32 slots, and each validator performs one attestation per epoch
  • peers tells you how many peers you're currently connected to - depending on the number of attached validators, you may need anywhere from 10 to 60 peers connected
  • sync tells you if your client is synced and can perform duties, or how long it will take to get there
  • /opt means that the node is optimistically synced - it is waiting for the execution client to finish syncing
  • in the case of trusted node sync it may also show backfill in which case duties are being performed but more bandwidth than usual is being used to download historical blocks
  • head tells you the most recent block you've synced to so far (5d59aba3 is the first part of the block hash, 4021234 is the slot number)
  • finalized tells you the most recent finalized epoch you've synced to so far (125661 is the epoch, 82616f78 is the checkpoint hash)

The string of letters -- what we call the sync worker map (in the above case represented by DDQQDDDPDD) represents the peers you are syncing from, where:

    s - sleeping (idle),
    w - waiting for a peer from PeerPool,
    R - requesting blocks from peer
    D - downloading blocks from peer
    Q - queued/waiting for ancestor blocks
    P - processing/verifying blocks
    U - updating peer's status information

Tip

You can also use you calls outlined in the REST API page to retrieve similar information.