Sandbox mainnet process

Hi all,
I am trying to run my project on mainnet through sandbox.
I have to run “./sandbox up mainnet” before starting my server.
If I dont do it I get null for information that I am trying to fetch from blockchain.
It also takes too long to catchup like atleast 2-3 hours or so
Is there any solution for this?

Can you provide sandbox.log?
Can you show what you see when doing ./sandbox up mainnet and what steps take too long?

Catching up with mainnet requires an SSD, at least 4-8GB of RAM, and a fast enough Internet connection (at least 10Mbps) due to the amount of transactions on MainNet.
If you’re using an HDD or an SD card, this won’t work.

* docker compose up -d
Building algod
Sending build context to Docker daemon  139.3kB

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Step 14/25 : RUN echo "Installing from source. ${URL} -- ${BRANCH}"
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Step 19/25 : RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y apt-utils curl git git-core bsdmainutils python3
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Step 20/25 : COPY . /tmp
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Step 21/25 : RUN /tmp/images/algod/     -d "${BIN_DIR}"     -c "${CHANNEL}"     -u "${URL}"     -b "${BRANCH}"     -s "${SHA}"
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/tmp/images/algod /go
Installing algod with options:
  BINDIR = /node
  CHANNEL = stable
  URL = 
  SHA = 
Current Version = 0
updater binary was installed at /tmp/images/algod/updater
Latest Version = 12885426177
New version found
Checking for files matching: 'channel/stable/node_stable_linux-amd64_' in bucket algorand-releases
Update Downloaded to /tmp/tmp.2KtBs8pQL1/12885426177.tar.gz
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Current Version = 0
Backing up current binary files...
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Copying genesis files locally
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e[0mUpdating genesis files for default network
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Step 22/25 : RUN sed -i "s/NETWORK_NUM_ROUNDS/$NETWORK_NUM_ROUNDS/" "//tmp/${TEMPLATE}" &&  /tmp/images/algod/  --bin-dir "$BIN_DIR"  --data-dir "/opt/data"  --start-script "/opt/"  --network-dir "/opt/testnetwork"  --network-template "//tmp/${TEMPLATE}"  --network-token "${TOKEN}"  --algod-port "${ALGOD_PORT}"  --kmd-port "${KMD_PORT}"  --bootstrap-url "${BOOTSTRAP_URL}"  --genesis-file "/tmp/${GENESIS_FILE}"
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Configuring network with the following arguments:
{   'algod_port': '4001',
    'bin_dir': '/node',
    'bootstrap_url': '<network>',
    'data_dir': '/opt/data',
    'genesis_file': '/tmp/genesis/mainnet/genesis.json',
    'kmd_port': '4002',
    'network_dir': '/opt/testnetwork',
    'network_template': '//tmp/images/algod/template.json',
    'network_token': 'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa',
    'start_script': '/opt/'}
Setting up real retwork.
Start commands for /opt/
[   '/node/goal node start -d /opt/testnetwork/Node',
    '/node/kmd start -t 0 -d /opt/testnetwork/Node/kmd-v0.5']
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[Warning] One or more build-args [CDT_PORT] were not consumed
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Successfully tagged sandbox_algod:latest
Image for service algod was built because it did not already exist. To rebuild this image you must use `docker-compose build` or `docker-compose up --build`.
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Image for service indexer was built because it did not already exist. To rebuild this image you must use `docker-compose build` or `docker-compose up --build`.
Creating algorand-sandbox-algod ... 
Creating algorand-sandbox-postgres ... 
Creating algorand-sandbox-algod    ... done
Creating algorand-sandbox-postgres ... done
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This takes very long…and I have to do it everytime before starting my application server…
If I dont i get null as response

Indeed, it looks like the fast catchup itself is very slow on your computer.
Usually this is because: you don’t have enough RAM (you need 4-8GB), you are not using a fast enough SSD (SD and HDD cards are not sufficient), your Internet connection is too slow.

Are you in any of these three cases?

Yeah looks like RAM is not enough. I am using AWS virtual machine so its not as per you have mentioned. My internet is good.
I’ll check if I can get a better congif for catchup to run.