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bootstrap.dat allows a new Fastcoin client (not synced) to rapidly import the initial blocks from a local file instead of slowly downloading blocks from random peers. This significantly reduces the time it takes to get a client synced with the current blockchain.
Regardless of your operating system, use the following steps to make use of the bootstrap.dat file:
xz -d bootstrap.dat.xz Fastcoin's data directory is located in ~/.fastcoin/ by default. You can run ls -a to see directories that start with a period. You can also search for the directory with the following command:
find / -name wallet.dat -print 2>/dev/null
You can obtain xz from MacPorts or http://macpkg.sourceforge.net/. Fastcoin's data directory should be located in ~/Library/Application Support/Fastcoin/.
7Zip is a free utility that can decompress .xz files, so does the latest version of WinRAR. Click on Start then Run (or press WinKey+R) and type:
Fastcoin's data directory will open. "AppData" and "Application Data" are hidden by default in Windows.
Copy the bootstrap.dat to your data directory. Load the Fastcoin client and wait for it to load the blocks. After loading is complete, the bootstrap.dat will be renamed to bootstrap.dat.old at which point you can choose to delete it.