Oracle migration to a new server

Describes set of actions to migrate an existing setup of the TokenBridge oracle to a new server

Steps to follow

In short, the following procedure looks like this:

  • create new server, check connection

  • stop bridge oracle on the current server

  • get last block numbers processed by the current server

  • run ansible playbook on the new server and provide it with values from previous step, so that new service would start where current one stopped

Step 1: Create a new server

  1. Create a new server instance with your hosting provider (e.g. AWS, Digital Ocean, etc), you can use same specs as the current one (or at least 2 Core CPU, 4 GB RAM, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, 32 GB Disk).

    Important: don’t stop or terminate your current server yet! We might need it to roll back if any errors occur. If you’re currently running both xDai bridge validator and xDai network validator on the same server, let us know and we’ll provide you with instructions on how to move network validator to your new server after bridge migration is completed successfully

  2. When you created new server, please note down its’ IP address and try to connect to it via ssh from your local computer to make sure that the server is accessible to you. When connected to the server, check that your user has sudo-privileges by running

    sudo hostname

    It should complete without errors and not asking for password. Please copy your server’s hostname so that we can identify it later.

    Also note what is your username on the new server


    (most likely it’s ubuntu or root).

    When these checks are done, logout from your new server to return to your local computer


Step 2: TokenBridge repo preparation

  1. Installation procedure of new oracle involves running an ansible playbook from your local computer. Ansible will connect to new server, install required dependencies, code of the oracle and start bridge service. To use ansible, you first need to install required dependencies and ansible itself on your local computer. They can be found here.

  2. After all the prerequisites are installed, download code of the new oracle to your local computer:

    git clone --recursive
    cd tokenbridge/deployment

Step 3: Getting the last processed block numbers

  1. Connect to your current bridge validator node.

  2. Stop the bridge docker containers:

    sudo docker ps -q -f "name=oracle_bridge" | xargs sudo docker stop
  3. Connect to the redis container:

    sudo docker exec -it oracle_redis_1 /bin/bash

    A new shell should appear, which is a shell running inside redis docker container. Shell prompt should look similar to this now:

  4. Connect to redis database via cli


    shell prompt should change one more time to something like this:>
  5. Get the list of all entries in the database:

    keys *

    You should get output similar to this one (order may differ):

    1) "erc-native-signature-request:lastProcessedBlock"
    2) "foreign:nonce"
    3) "erc-native-collected-signatures:lastProcessedBlock"
    4) "erc-native-affirmation-request:lastProcessedBlock"
    5) "erc-native-half-duplex-transfer:lastProcessedBlock"
    6) "home:nonce"
    7) "erc-native-transfer:lastProcessedBlock"
  6. Run the following commands one-by-one to get current values of all *-request:lastProcessedBlock entries and copy the output somewhere, because we’ll need it later

    get "erc-native-signature-request:lastProcessedBlock"
    get "erc-native-affirmation-request:lastProcessedBlock"
  7. Run exit twice to get out of both the redis cli shell and redis container shell. You should now be back to the bash prompt on your current server.

  8. Stop current bridge service

    sudo service poabridge stop

Step 4: New oracle deployment

You should still be in the .../tokenbridge/deployment folder of your local computer.

  1. Create and open hosts.yml configuration file in your favourite text editor.

  2. Paste the following into this file

             ansible_user: ubuntu
             syslog_server_port: "udp://"
             ORACLE_HOME_START_BLOCK: 6123456
             ORACLE_FOREIGN_START_BLOCK: 8123456

    Please check that whitespaces were pasted correctly! Padding is important in this configuration file.

  3. Set values of the following configuration options:

    • replace it with real IP address of your new server

    • ansible_user: change this to your username from the step 1 if it differs from ubuntu

    • ORACLE_VALIDATOR_ADDRESS_PRIVATE_KEY: your private key (this value must be 64 characters long)

    • ORACLE_HOME_START_BLOCK: use the value you get from the erc-native-signature-request:lastProcessedBlock redis key

    • ORACLE_FOREIGN_START_BLOCK: use value from erc-native-affirmation-request:lastProcessedBlock

  4. Modify group_vars/dai.yml to reflect your own URL for COMMON_FOREIGN_RPC_URL. Also it makes sense to have a reasonable value for ORACLE_FOREIGN_RPC_POLLING_INTERVAL which should be slightly greater or equal of the average block mining time (e.g. for the Ethereum Mainnet it could be 15).

  5. Launch the playbook

    ansible-playbook -i hosts.yml site.yml

    Playbook should complete without errors. In this case new oracle service is started automatically and upgrade procedure is finished.

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