I couldn’t tell you the exact time when this started, nor exactly all the things I’ve tried since, but I never had this kind of issue before, and I’ve been running it for a long time on many installations.
First of all, it gets stuck at “Done loading” in the GUI box showing forever until it actually goes into the actual application.
Secondly, once it is actually displaying the GUI, it says “48 hours behind” or “2 days behind” every day lately, until it finally is done syncing. The thing is, I never keep the computer off for longer than maybe 8 hours, so it’s not possible for this to be accurate.
I’m at v0.20.1. Tried going back to v0.20.0 before and then back to v0.20.1 again. No changes of my computer have been made, and my disk where the (full) blockchain resides is not damaged or acting up.
Other than the merely practical inconvenience, this disturbs me on a deeper level. I’m witnessing how the entire desktop computer as a concept is being killed off and abandoned, and it truly frightens me as I don’t see any alternative. The “smartphones”, “tablets”, etc. are nothing but pure spyware devices, fundamentally crippled and gives me an extremely bad “vibe”. I don’t want Bitcoin Core to also fall into pieces and become so unstable and buggy that it’s unusable.
I’ve also several times tried deleting a ton of files in the data dir (except the blocks, and while Bitcoin Core is not running) to make it “reset” whatever internal statistics may be messed up, but nothing helps.
I’m frankly not up for “troubleshooting” at this point, but merely trying to figure out if others know what is causing this for sure and have experienced the same thing.
(I can’t ask on Github because that site doesn’t allow accounts to be created, like most sites today.)
What could possibly explain this very strange behaviour?