[Bitcoin-development] Service bits for pruned nodes

Peter Todd pete at petertodd.org
Fri May 3 15:11:57 UTC 2013

On Fri, May 03, 2013 at 05:02:26PM +0200, Mike Hearn wrote:
> > If you're going to take a step like that, the <current-chain-height>
> > should be rounded off, perhaps to some number of bits, or you'll allow
> > DNS caching to be defeated.
> >
> Don't the seeds already set small times? I'm not sure we want these
> responses to be cacheable, otherwise there's a risk of a wall of traffic
> suddenly showing up at one set of nodes if a large ISP caches a response.
> (yes yes, I know, SPV node should be remembering addr broadcasts and such).

Hmm, on second thought you're probably right for the standard case where
it's really P2P. On the other hand it kinda limits us in the future if
seeds have high-bandwidth nodes they can just point clients too, but
maybe just assuming the DNS seed might need high bandwidth as well is

I dunno, given how badly behaved a lot of ISP dns servers are re:
caching, maybe we're better off keeping it simple.

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