[Bitcoin-development] BIP32 "wallet structure" in use? Remove it?

Aaron Voisine voisine at gmail.com
Fri Apr 25 21:58:07 UTC 2014


On github I commented on the BIP43 pull request about adding a
"purpose" of 0' which would correspond to the BIP32 recommended tree
structure for a single account wallet. (m/0'/chain) This will allow
for backwards compatibility and interoperability at least for existing
single account BIP32 implementations like my own. The only issue is
that it would involve a new BIP, and it wouldn't follow the BIP43
recommendation of using the BIP number as the "purpose number", unless
I can get BIP0.  :)

Aaron

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On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 8:49 AM, Mike Hearn <mike at plan99.net> wrote:
> I generally agree, but I wonder how popular cloning wallets between devices
> will be in future. Right now if someone wants to have a wallet shared
> between Hive, blockchain.info and Bitcoin Wallet for Android, we just tell
> them they're out of luck and they need to pick one, or split their funds up
> manually.
>
> But probably a lot of people would like to use different UI's to access the
> same wallets. Sharing key trees is a part of that, though full blown wallet
> metadata sync would also be needed.
>
> So I guess we're going to end up with some kind of fairly complex
> compatibility matrix. But I agree it may be unavoidable.
>
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