[Bitcoin-development] Alternative to OP_EVAL

Joel Joonatan Kaartinen joel.kaartinen at gmail.com
Sat Dec 31 09:54:13 UTC 2011

Wouldn't it work to restrict the number of executions of OP_EVAL allowed
per transaction? That way it wouldn't allow for unlimited looping. If
there's too many OP_EVAL executions during the transaction evaluation,
just consider the transaction illegal. 3 would be enough for the
purposes people have been planning for here I think.

- Joel

On Thu, 2011-12-29 at 11:42 -0500, roconnor at theorem.ca wrote:
> On Thu, 29 Dec 2011, theymos wrote:
> > On Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 01:55 AM, roconnor at theorem.ca wrote:
> >> The number of operations executed is still bounded by the number of
> >> operations occurring in the script.  With the OP_EVAL proposal the
> >> script language becomes essentially Turing complete, with only an
> >> artificial limit on recursion depth preventing arbitrary computation
> >> and there is no way to know what code will run without executing it.
> >
> > Even if OP_EVAL allowed infinite depth, you'd still need to explicitly
> > specify all operations performed, since there is no way of looping.
> That's not true.  Gavin himself showed how to use OP_EVAL to loop:
> Basically OP_DUP lets you duplicate the code on the stack and that is the 
> key to looping.  I'm pretty sure from here we get get Turing completeness. 
> Using the stack operations I expect you can implement the SK-calculus 
> given an OP_EVAL that allows arbitrary depth.
> OP_EVAL adds dangerously expressive power to the scripting language.

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