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Instance Setup FAQ

Below are some questions you might have, or errors you might run into while setting up a new SourceCred Instance. If you don't see your question answered below, jump into our Tech Support channel on Discord.

Common Errors

Error: need at least one interval

This error means there are no nodes are present. Check that you have at least one bundled plugin specified in the sourcecred.json

No outflow from seed; add cred-minting nodes

This error is caused because there is no cred-generating event. For the github plugin, this can be fixed by simply merging in a PR, as the initial cred-generating event. For Discord, a message with an emoji is needed. It's also worth checking that the Discord bot you've configured is able to read any channels in your server. For Discourse, a post with a like is needed (note, the Discourse plugin only supports public servers/threads). You may need to wipe your cache by running yarn clean after adding a cred-generating event.

Error 137, Javascript heap out of memory

This error means the nodejs process running SourceCred is out of memory. Node defaults to 1 GB of memory but this can be modified via a shell environment variable like so:

# bash or zsh
export NODE_OPTIONS=--max_old_space_size=8192

Add this to your .bashrc or .zshrc file to allow Node access to 8 GB of memory, for example.

If you're running into this in a Github Action, try adding the following under the applicable job(s) where the error is occuring:

env:
NODE_OPTIONS: --max_old_space_size=8192

Here's an example of how to set this in a Github Action file. If you are still seeing out of memory errors, you might want to consider a self-hosted runner

ENAMETOOLONG: name too long

This is an environment incompatibility, likely with your OS / OS version. Windows and Linux Mint 20.2 are likely incompatible. Ubuntu 20.04 and Mac OS's are known to work. We are working on a long-term fix.

Configuration Questions

Skipping private channel.

When you set up the Discord plugin, you created a bot token and invited it to your server. If you want SourceCred to include private channels, you simply need to give that bot permission to see those channels. The bot has a role automatically created just for it that you can give "view channel" permissions to in the channel settings on Discord, or you can give the bot "user" another role that has more permissions in your server settings on Discord. Note: your cred graph will include short message previews in the data, which may expose some of the message content of private channels.

Grain distribution distributes 0g to 0 profiles even though I've configured grain.json

By default it only allows 1 distribution per week, after the end of the week. So either you've already had a distribution this week saved to the ledger, or your discord is super new and the first week isn't over. If you want to run a simulation for testing without saving to the ledger, add the -s flag. If you want to run another distribution even if one already exists for the past week, use the -f flag.