[Bitcoin-development] minor bitcoin-qt gripes moving BTC off specific key

Wladimir laanwj at gmail.com
Tue May 7 13:14:08 UTC 2013

On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 2:28 PM, Gavin Andresen <gavinandresen at gmail.com>wrote:

> "sweep private key" is the missing functionality.
> I agree, it would be nice to have.
> On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 8:16 AM, Adam Back <adam at cypherspace.org> wrote:
>> Hi
>> Three minor security/other issues:
>> 1. please a way to unlock the wallet without displaying wallet password in
>>    console screen (console unlock wallet, to import priv key); or
>> 2. a button to import a private key (and option to transfer it to another
>>    key - if you are not the sole controller the private key)
>> 3. a UX way to transfer BTC off a specific adress (eg choose from
>>    address), rather than having to spend the entire wallet onto a new
>>    address, just to get BTC off a specific address.  Doing it that way has
>>    problems: creates more network traffic/bigger packets, higher fees (if
>>    any transactions are young/low confirmation), and generally damages
>>    privacy as all your funds end up linked.
Yes, sweep (send all the coins from this addresses to me) should certainly
be added. Maybe even a way to do it periodically, though but that would
require remembering the key.

Importing private keys into the wallet will not be added as a user-friendly
option, as it is dangerous and potentially confusing.

As for (1), I think a better solution would to add a list of commands whose
arguments are censored in the console screen and command line history. At
least `importprivkey`, `walletpassphrase`, `walletpassphrasechange` should
likely be in that list.

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