This page offers some troubleshooting advice for Lotus API users by listing some of the most common errors that they can come accross.


Error: Failed to start deal

WARN  main  lotus/main.go:72  failed to start deal: computing commP failed: generating CommP: Piece must be at least 127 bytes

This error means that there is a minimum file size of 127 bytes.

Error: 0kb file response during retrieval

This means that the file to be retrieved may have not yet been sealed and is thus, not retrievable yet.

Miners can check sealing progress with this command:

lotus-miner sectors list

When sealing is complete, pSet: NO will become pSet: YES.


Types: params

params must be an array. If there are no params you should still pass an empty array.

Types: TipSet

For methods such as Filecoin.StateMinerPower, where the method accepts the argument of the type TipSet, you can pass null to use the current chain head.

curl -X POST \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     --data '{ "jsonrpc": "2.0", "method": "Filecoin.StateMinerPower", "params": ["t0101", null], "id": 3 }' \

Types: Sending a CID

If you do not serialize the CID as a JSON IPLD link, you will receive an error. Here is an example of a broken CURL request:

curl -X POST \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     --data '{ "jsonrpc": "2.0", "method":"Filecoin.ClientGetDealInfo", "params": ["bafyreiaxl446wlnu6t6dpq4ivrjf4gda4gvsoi4rr6mpxau7z25xvk5pl4"], "id": 0 }' \

To fix it, change the params property to:

curl -X POST \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     --data '{ "jsonrpc": "2.0", "method":"Filecoin.ClientGetDealInfo", "params": [{"/": "bafyreiaxl446wlnu6t6dpq4ivrjf4gda4gvsoi4rr6mpxau7z25xvk5pl4"}], "id": 0 }' \

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