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> I'm running:
> - **Which Parity version?**:
> - **Which operating system?**:
$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS
> - **How installed?**: via installer / homebrew / binaries / from source
compiled rustc (1.25.dev) --> compiled cargo (0.26) --> compiled parity (git:e30839e85ff74cd5eb087ef19a48d70afd1fd285)
> - **Are you fully synchronized?**:
Yes. Completely new setup using `--config dev`
> - **Which network are you connected to?**: ethereum / ropsten / kovan / ...
built-in dev config
> - **Did you try to restart the node?**: no / yes
n/a. The problem appears immediately after start
_Your issue description goes here below. Try to include **actual** vs. **expected behavior** and **steps to reproduce** the issue._
**expected behavior:** Export state to file with `parity export state foo.txt`.
**actual behavior:** I re-started the node with `--fat-db` on and still received the error.
parity --config dev --fat-db on
Starting with no db at all
~$ find .
Even with `--fat-db on` from the beginning, in another terminal I get:
~$ parity export state foo.txt
This command requires Parity to be synced with --fat-db on.
I notice the word "synced", is that something I need to do in addition to running with `--fat-db on` from an _empty_ database?