I am currently running a Solana validator, but I've noticed that the ledger folder is increasing in size while the accounts folder remains at 28kb. Am I synchronizing incorrectly? I followed the instructions at https://chainstack.com/how-to-run-a-solana-node/ during the installation. My primary goal is to download the accounts data. How can I achieve that?

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The node downloads the blockchain data as a compressed file called a snapshot, after this file is downloaded and processed the node starts validating. This can take between 5 minutes to over an hour if you're on mainnet with a less powerful server.

You should check the logs to see for errors. I know it logs a lot of data, but filter by "ERROR" (all-caps) or "restart" to identify problems.

If you just want the account data, you can download the snapshot yourself with these options:

If you decompress the snapshot you will get this directory structure which contains the accounts:

$ tree .
├── accounts
│   ├── 221707449.713259
│   ├── ...
│   ├── ...
│   └── 222140108.985850
├── snapshots
│   ├── 222140108
│   │   └── 222140108
│   └── status_cache
└── version

Not sure what you want to do with the account data, but here is one way to read it.

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    Thank you for explaining in detail.
    – Solextra
    Commented Sep 16, 2023 at 7:29

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