Slow block times: Is your Alfajores validator no longer validating? If so, pls read

For anyone running a validator on Alfajores,

We figured out that our CLI unlock command was only unlocking keys for a week, and after that your validator would be unable to participate in consensus. This (compounded with a couple of other issues we’ve since fixed) meant we have been seeing periodic very slow block times. We’ve pushed a new version of our CLI (0.0.21) and would love it if you all could update to it, and unlock again. This version now unlocks indefinitely. If you do

$ npm upgrade -g @celo/celocli

Check you’ve got 0.0.21:

$ npm info @celo/celocli 


$ celocli account:unlock --account $CELO_VALIDATOR_GROUP_ADDRESS --password <YOUR_FIRST_PASSWORD>
$ celocli account:unlock --account $CELO_VALIDATOR_ADDRESS --password <YOUR_SECOND_PASSWORD>

This should get you validating again.

In the mean time, so that you don’t need to look at this urgently, we are going to do an on-chain governance proposal to reduce the number of validators to 70 and as soon as we’ve seen a bunch of folks unlock we’ll raise it to 100 again.

Thanks for your help, and apologies for the downtime. We’ve learnt a few things, which is the purpose of the testnet Let us know if you’ve got any questions.