What's the easiest way to calculate the median size of the last 100 blocks programmatically?

I have tried using monerod and the print_block and print_bc commands but neither shows the block size directly.

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If you have a recent enough daemon, you can run the bc_dyn_stats 100 command, which will include the median block size over the last 100 blocks, among other things.

If you have a recent, but not so recent daemon, you can try the getinfo RPC call, which includes the current block size limit, which is twice the last 100 blocks median:

curl -v -X POST -d '{}' -H 'Content-Type: application/json'

  • Thanks for the pointers but doesn't seem to work for me. I'm running bc_dyn_stats is unknown and the curl thingy doesn't seem to contain the block size limit (it's got: alt_blocks_count, cumulative_difficulty, difficulty, grey_peerlist_size, height, incoming_connections_count, outgoing_connections_count, status, target, target_height, testnet, top_block_hash, tx_count, tx_pool_size, white_peerlist_size)
    – assylias
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 9:55
  • I added emphasis on "recent enough daemon". Recent enough should be three days ago for bc_dyn_stats, and a week before that for the getinfo field.
    – user36303
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 11:34
  • Oh - that recent :-) I'll patiently wait for the next release then. Thanks.
    – assylias
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 12:42

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