[Bitcoin-development] New BIP32 structure

slush slush at centrum.cz
Tue Apr 8 13:43:49 UTC 2014


tl;dr;

It is dangerous to expect that other seed than "xprv" does not contain
bitcoins or that "xprv" contains only bitcoins, because technically are
both situations possible. It is still safer to do the lookup; the magic
itself is ambiguous.

Marek

On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 3:40 PM, slush <slush at centrum.cz> wrote:

>
> Serialization magic of bip32 seed is in my opinion completely unnecessary.
> Most of software does not care about it anyway; You can use xprv/xpub pair
> for main net, testnet, litecoin, dogecoin, whatevercoin.
>
> Instead using the same seed (xprv) and then separate the chains *inside*
> the bip32 path seems more useful to me.
>
> Marek
>
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