[Bitcoin-development] Feedback requested: "reject" p2p message

kjj bitcoin-devel at jerviss.org
Sat Oct 26 04:32:27 UTC 2013

The HTTP status code system seems to work well enough, and seems to give 
the best of both worlds.  A 3 digit numeric code that is 
machine-readable, and a freeform text note for humans.

The clever part about that system was in realizing that the numeric 
codes didn't need to account for every possible error. They just need to 
give the other node the most useful information, like "try that again 
later, I'm having a temporary problem" vs. "That is just plain wrong and 
it will still be wrong next time too, so don't bother to retry".

We can leave it to the humans to puzzle out the meaning of "403: values 
of txid gives rise to dom!"

Gavin wrote:
> On Oct 26, 2013, at 11:01 AM, Jean-Paul Kogelman <jeanpaulkogelman at me.com> wrote:
>> Would it make sense to use either fixed length strings or maybe even enums?
> No. Enums or fixed length strings just make it harder to extend, for no benefit (bandwidth of 'reject' messages doesn't matter, they will be rare and are not relayed).
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