I’m trying to build my own block explorer So that I need to use p2p bitcoin protocol. For that I’m using btcd (golang) lib.
According to bitcoin book I have to send version message (and receive verack message back) to init the connection, then I will send getheaders message in cycle.
Now, imagine I am a new peer and want to download all the blockchain (actually I want to receive block hashes with getheaders (2000 per tick) and for each block hash I want to receive a block itself to process it and put blocks data in my mongo database)
If I am new peer in the network, how should I send first (and next) getheaders message, I don’t quite understand where should I get block locator hashes and how to form the message?