[Bitcoin-development] 32 vs 64-bit timestamp fields

Peter Todd pete at petertodd.org
Wed May 8 23:44:22 UTC 2013

On Thu, May 09, 2013 at 09:39:10AM +1000, Addy Yeow wrote:
> Hi list,
> Can someone explain why do we have 32-bit and 64-bit timestamp fields
> instead of all being 64-bit?
> https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Protocol_specification

Who knows?

Satoshi used 32-bits and those fields can't be changed now without every
single Bitcoin user changing all at once. (a "hard-fork" change)

We'll probably need to do one of those eventually for other reasons, so
we might as well leave fixing the timestamps until then.

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