Jan 9, 2018

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Upgrading from Lightning-app 0.1.3 to 0.1.4

I was excited to see the new release of lightning-app 0.1.4 a few days ago. I didn't want to waste my tBTC so I set about closing my active channels, as all of my approximately 2.0 tBTC were in channels at the time.

This was easier said than done. Every time I tried to close a channel from the GUI, the channel would say "closing" briefly, then revert to "open". I started digging through the logs and I found several errors that said something along the lines of unable to find channel_id=bla bla bla.

The helpful conner and moli in the lightning-app slack channel suggested I use --force (side note: slack sucks; IRC FTW). At first this was a bit confusing because lncli closechannel expects the funding transaction ID, while I was used to using the CID value from the desktop app to identify channels.

It turns out that the funding_txid corresponds to the tx_hash from the listchaintxns command. I tried forcing several channels to close, but lncli kept either:

  1. Telling me that the channel did not exist
  2. Hanging for hours at a time until hit ^C.

I gave up and went home.

The next day I fired everything up and tried again. I have no idea why, but this time when I tried to force a channel closed which had previously resulted in an indefinite hang, it worked! I got a transaction ID for the closing transaction. When I checked the GUI, the coins were no longer in channels, but now "in limbo".

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