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I am new to Monero and I am looking forward to understand better how to use it on the CLI so I can send donations to the wallet and have my uncle be able to use those in Venezuela due to the nonsense going on there.

I am comfortable with my current knowledge of asymmetric cryptography and Linux. I would like to use the CLI for basic operations on a paper wallet I generated offline.

I have the data of the paper wallet: public address, private view key, private spend key and so forth. I sent a little amount just for testing purposes and I got the hash transaction ID.

Ideally I would like to be able to perform the basic operations on that wallet on my computer via CLI:

  • Restore the wallet
  • Check the balance
  • Make a transfer payment

So far what I did was:

pacman -Sy monero                  # Install monero on Arch
sudo systemctl start monerod       # Start the daemon and sync the blockchain
monero-wallet-cli --generate-from-keys mywallet.monero
# It will prompt for public address, secret spend key and secret view key

# Then I exit the prompt and start again with
monero-wallet-cli
# It will prompt for the wallet and password
# Then I check the transaction hash id with:
get_tx_key e13e...

At that point it gets confusing since I keep getting the following: Error: no tx keys found for this txid.

I tried also balance command but it always shows 0. From what I have read I need to keep track of the txid's an individual key for each transaction so I can then use the check_tx_key command. I assume that every time I run that command the wallet will know that transaction is claimed and therefore update the wallet (but I might be wrong here).

After that I would like to be able to perform a transfer on the CLI, but I couldn't even get to that point since I cannot even check the balance.

I have seen some post about it like this one using the CUI and this official tutorial but I am not able to reproduce it.

It might be the case that the blockchain is not fully downloaded. I have no idea on how much would be the size and time needed for this. Or if it is an API based service. Just for the sake of completion I started the service about an hour ago. Maybe I am doing something wrong to restore the paper wallet, I am not sure.

Could anyone please help me? Thanks!

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get_tx_key e13e...

At that point it gets confusing since I keep getting the following: Error: no tx keys found for this txid.

get_tx_key is used to obtain the tx private key on the sending wallet, not the receiving wallet.

I tried also balance command but it always shows 0 ... It might be the case that the blockchain is not fully downloaded.

Until you've fully sync'ed and scanned the blockchain, your balance (on a new wallet, and until it's been sent funds), will be zero.

Just for the sake of completion I started the service about an hour ago

With a half decent internet connection and syncing to an SSD, it should take well under a day.

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