[Bitcoin-development] deterministic transaction expiration

Christian Decker decker.christian at gmail.com
Wed Aug 6 15:17:02 UTC 2014


+1 for the new field, overloading fields with new meaning is definitely not
a good idea.

Something like nExpireAt with a block height sounds reasonable to me, but
we need to document that the usual caveats with blockchain reorgs apply.


On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM, Jeff Garzik <jgarzik at bitpay.com> wrote:

>  ...because nLockTime is the exact opposite of expiration.  A locked TX
> begins life invalid, and becomes valid (not-expired) after nLockTime passes.
>
> A new field containing expiration time would work.
>
>
>
> On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM, Tom Harding <tomh at thinlink.com> wrote:
>
>>
>> How is eventual expiration of a tx that started life with an nLockTime in
>> the future "breaking", any more than any other tx expiring?
>>
>>
>>
>> On 8/6/2014 6:54 AM, Mike Hearn wrote:
>>
>> We could however introduce a new field in a new tx version. We know we
>> need to rev the format at some point anyway.
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 2:55 PM, Jeff Garzik <jgarzik at bitpay.com> wrote:
>>
>>>  ...and existing users and uses of nLockTime suddenly become worthless,
>>> breaking payment channel refunds and other active uses of nLockTime.
>>>
>>> You cannot assume the user is around to rewrite their nLockTime, if it
>>> fails to be confirmed before some arbitrary deadline being set.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM, Tom Harding <tomh at thinlink.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> ...
>>>>
>>>
>>      If nLockTime is used for expiration, transaction creator can't lie
>>>> to
>>>> help tx live longer without pushing initial confirmation eligibility
>>>> into the future.  Very pretty.  It would also enable "fill or kill"
>>>> transactions with a backdated nLockTime, which must be confirmed in a
>>>> few blocks, or start vanishing from mempools.
>>>>
>>>
>>
>
>
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