[Bitcoin-development] Please help test: 0.7.0 release candidate 1

Gavin Andresen gavinandresen at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 20:00:47 UTC 2012

Bitcoin version 0.7.0 release candidate 1 binaries are now available
for download at:

Please use the issue tracker at
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/issues to report bugs.

Notable changes:

* Add UI RPC console / debug window
* Re-Enable URI handling on Windows, add safety checks and tray-notifications
* Add 2 labels to the overviewpage that display Wallet and Transaction
status (obsolete or current)
* Extend the optionsdialog (e.g. language selection) and re-work it to
a tabbed UI
* Merge sign/verify message into a single window with tabbed UI
* Improve error reporting at startup
* Fine-grained UI updates for a much smoother UI during block downloads
* Reorganize tray icon menu into more logical order
* Persistently poll for balance change when number of blocks changed
* Much better translations
* Added 'immature balance' display on the overview page
* (Windows only): enable ASLR and DEP for bitcoin-qt.exe
* (Windows only): add meta-data to bitcoin-qt.exe (e.g. description)

Bitcoin Improvement Proposals implemented
BIP 22 - 'getblocktemplate', 'submitblock' RPCs

* Internal HTTP server is now thread-per-connection, rather than
  a single-threaded queue that would stall on network I/O.
* Internal HTTP server supports HTTP/1.1, pipelined requests and
  connection keep-alive.
* Support JSON-RPC 2.0 batches, to encapsulate multiple JSON-RPC requests
  within a single HTTP request.
* IPv6 support
* Added raw transaction API.  See https://gist.github.com/2839617
* Added 'getrawmempool', to list contents of TX memory pool
* Added 'getpeerinfo', to list data about each connected network peer
* Added 'listaddressgroupings' for better coin control
* Rework gettransaction, getblock calls. 'gettransaction' responds for
  non-wallet TXs now.
* Remove deprecated RPC 'getblocknumber'
* New blockchain checkpoint at block 193,000
* listtransactions output now displays "smart" times for transactions,
  and 'blocktime' and 'timereceived' fields were added

P2P networking
* IPv6 support
* Tor hidden service support
* Attempts to fix "stuck blockchain download" problems
* Replace BDB database "addr.dat" with internally-managed "peers.dat"
  file containing peer address data.
* Lower default send buffer from 10MB to 1MB
* proxy: SOCKS5 by default
* Support connecting by hostnames passed to proxy (-proxydns)
* Add -seednode connections, and use this for -dnsseed + -proxydns
* Added -externalip and -discover
* Add -onlynet to connect only to a given network (IPv4, IPv6, or Tor)
* Separate listening sockets, -bind=<addr>

Internal codebase
* Additional unit tests
* Compile warning fixes

* Reopen debug.log upon SIGHUP
* Bash programmable completion for bitcoind(1)
* On supported OS's, each thread is given a useful name

Thanks to everybody who contributed to this release:

Chris Moore
Christian von Roques
David Joel Schwartz
Douglas Huff
Gavin Andresen
Giel van Schijndel
Gregory Maxwell
Jeff Garzik
Luke Dashjr
Matt Corallo
Michael Ford
Michael Hendricks
Peter Todd
Philip Kaufmann
Pieter Wuille
R E Broadley
Ricardo M. Correia
Rune K. Svendsen
Scott Ellis
Stephane Glondu
Wladimir J. van der Laan

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