I have set up a single node testnet as shown below:

nodeos -e -p eosio --plugin eosio::chain_api_plugin --plugin eosio::history_api_plugin --contracts-console --verbose-http-errors --delete-all-blocks

Then I have set up an account called "hamnett". And issued myself 100 EOS:

cleos create account eosio hamnett key key

cleos push action eosio.token issue '[ "hamnett", "100.0000 EOS", "memo" ]' -p eosio@active

Finally, I want to check how much balance I have, and how much I have staked. So I type:

cleos get account hamnett

and the result is:

     owner     1:    1 key
        active     1:    1 key
     quota:       unlimited  used:      3.02 KiB  

net bandwidth: 
     used:               unlimited
     available:          unlimited
     limit:              unlimited

cpu bandwidth:
     used:               unlimited
     available:          unlimited
     limit:              unlimited

Why is everything showing up as unlimited and why is my balance not shown?

Note: key is not the public key, just trying to keep everything readable.

  • try $ cleos set contract eosio path/to/build/contracts/eosio.system -p eosio
    – confused00
    Aug 1, 2018 at 14:38
  • I did this, but it didn't change anything Aug 1, 2018 at 14:54
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    afterwards, just create accounts with $ cleos system newaccount providing the relevant values for --stake-net and --stake-cpu
    – confused00
    Aug 1, 2018 at 15:00
  • So now I have: cleos system newaccount eosio.system hamnett --stake-net "1 EOS" --stake-cpu "1 EOS" --buy-ram-kbytes 8 key key. The error this gives is Unknown action buyrambytes in contract eosio code: eosio, action: buyrambytes, args: {"payer":"eosio.system","receiver":"hamnett","bytes":8192} Aug 1, 2018 at 15:42
  • can't test right now, but some things i would change are (1) you don't need an eosio.system account because you upload eosio.system with eosio so in your command after newcommand i would use eosio as the creator (i don't know if you created an eosio.system account); (2) I would explicitly write the values with 4 decimal places (1.0000 EOS instead of 1 EOS); (3) i would try SYS instead of EOS if your code was compiled using the default settings. I'll try to post later a clearer explanation and step by step process that works for me
    – confused00
    Aug 1, 2018 at 15:54

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Why is everything showing up as unlimited and why is my balance not shown?

Accounts created before deploying eosio.system don't have bandwidth/CPU limits because there isn't a contract deployed to handle this. In regards to balance, it is not clear if you created tokens before issuing them (creating is a necessary first step)

There are quite a few steps to accomplish what you're trying to do, and, from the comments, it seems like there may be several issues that are difficult to reproduce.

I suggest following the BIOS Boot Sequence tutorial in the official docs as it walks you through this exact process.

Note you can get currency balance with:

cleos get currency balance eosio.token hamnett

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