[Bitcoin-development] New P2P commands for diagnostics, SPV clients

Matt Corallo bitcoin-list at bluematt.me
Fri Jun 15 14:56:52 UTC 2012

On Fri, 2012-06-15 at 15:43 +0200, Mike Hearn wrote:
> > Yes, the format is something that must be hashed out (no pun
> > intended).  Need input from potential users about what information
> > they might need.
> Matts point that a branch-per-transaction may duplicate data is well
> made, that said, I suspect a format that tries to fix this would be
> much more complicated.
> How about see this project as a three part change?
> First step - add the mempool command and make nodes sync up their
> mempools on startup.
> Second step - if protocol version >= X, the "block" message consists
> of a header + num transactions + vector<hash>  instead of the full
> transactions themselves.
If vector<hash> is sorted in the order of the merkle tree, you dont need
to forward the merkle tree to non-filtered nodes, further saving some
small amount of bandwidth.  For filtered nodes, you would still need to
forward merkle branches anyway.
> On receiving such a block, we go look to see which transactions we're
> missing from the mempool and request them with getdata. Each time we
> receive a tx message we check to see if it was one we were missing
> from a block. Once all transactions in the block message are in
> memory, we go ahead and assemble the block, then verify as per normal.
> This should speed up block propagation. Miners have an incentive to
> upgrade because it should reduce wasted work.
> Third step - new message, getmerkletx takes a vector<hash> and returns
> a merkletx message: "merkle branch missing the root + transaction data
> itself" for each requested transaction. The filtering commands are
> added, so the block message now only lists transaction hashes that
> match the filter which can then be requested with getmerkletx.
I really dont think it would be /that/ difficult to make it getmerkletxs
vector<hashes>. And then respond with a partial merkle tree to those


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