Failed to connect to peer

If the client cannot connect to Boost running on a Storage provider, with an error similar to the following:

failed to connect to peer <peer id>: failed to dial <peer id>:
  * <multi-address> failed to negotiate security protocol:
    peer id mismatch: expected <peer id>,
    but remote key matches <different peer id>

The problem is that:

  • The SP registered their peer id and address on chain.

eg "Register the peer id 123abcd at address /ip4/123.456.12.345/tcp/1234"

lotus-miner actor set-peer-id 123abcd
lotus-miner actor set-addrs /ip4/123.456.12.345/tcp/1234
  • The SP changed their peer id locally but didn't update the peer id on chain.

  • The client wants to make a storage deal with peer 123abcd. The client looks on chain for the address of peer 123abcd and sees peer 123abcd has registered an address /ip4/123.456.12.345/tcp/1234.

  • The client sends a deal proposal for peer 123abcd to the SP at address /ip4/123.456.12.345/tcp/1234.

  • The SP has changed their peer ID, so the SP responds to the deal proposal request with an error: peer id mismatch

To fix the problem, the SP should register the new peer id on chain:

lotus-miner actor set-peer-id <new peer id>

Update storage provider's on chain address

Clients would not be able to connect to Boost running on a Storage provider after an IP change. This happens as clients lookup the registered peer id and address on chain for a SP. When a SP changes their IP or address locally, they must update the same on chain.

The SP should register the new peer id on chain using the following lotus-miner command

lotus-miner actor set-addrs /ip4/<YOUR_PUBLIC_IP_ADDRESS_OF_BOOST_NODE>/tcp/<Boostd Port>

Please make sure to use the public IP and port of the Boost node and not lotus-miner node if your miner and boostd runs on a separate machine.

The on chain address change requires access to the worker key and thus the command lives in lotus-miner instead of Boost.

Error in lotus-miner info output

After migrating to Boost, following error is seen when running lotus-miner info :

ERROR: fatal error calling 'Filecoin.MarketListIncompleteDeals': panic in rpc method 'Filecoin.MarketListIncompleteDeals': runtime error: invalid memory address or nil pointer dereference


lotus-miner is making a call on lotus-market process which has been replaced by Boost, but lotus-miner is not aware of the new market process.


Export the MARKETS_API_INFO variable on your lotus-miner node.

export MARKETS_API_INFO=<Boost token:api>

CQL Timeout

Users might find log lines indicating client timeouts when reading or writing to the YugabyteDB's Cassandra API

Error: getting pieces count: gocql: no response received from cassandra within timeout period


The CQL timeouts can be caused by multiple issues:

  1. YugabyteDB prerequisites are not met. This can be due to lack of hardware resources or incorrect hardware types.

  2. Slow network connection between boostd-data service and YugabyteDB.

  3. A low client timeout value.

  4. Multiple indexing operation in parallel for large indices (tens of millions of records within the piece index).

  5. YugabyteDB has not been scaled up to support the workload in case of extreme workloads.

  6. Make sure that you don't have commp hash computations running locally for incoming deals, while you also have YugabyteDB on the same node. YugabyteDB is CPU intensive, if another process (such as boostd commp computation) takes over its resources, it is possible that you are seeing cql timeout errors.


  1. We recommend verifying that all prerequisites for YugabyteDB are met.

  2. Verify that you are running the latest version of Boost. If you are running an older version, we recommend you to upgrade to latest stable version and check issue persists.

  3. Reduce the parallel indexing operation to 1 from the default of 4 by updating the value of ParallelAddIndexLimit in config.toml file

  4. Consider moving CommP computations to remote nodes if you are running YugabyteDB on the same host as boostd using the RemoteCommp flag in config.toml file

  5. Open a support ticket if issue persists even after trying the above steps. Please make sure to include details about your YugabyteDB hardware and DEBUG logs from boostd and boostd-data service.

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