[bitcoin-dev] The use of tx version field in BIP62 and 68

jl2012 at xbt.hk jl2012 at xbt.hk
Sat Aug 8 19:18:54 UTC 2015

I think I have explained my motivation but let me try to make it 

For example, BIP62 says "scriptPubKey evaluation will be required to 
result in a single non-zero value". If we had BIP62 before BIP16, P2SH 
could not be done in the current form because BIP16 leaves more than one 
element on the stake for non-upgrading nodes. BIP17 also violates BIP62.

BIP68 is "only enforced if the most significant bit of the sequence 
number field is set.", so it is optional, anyway. All I do is to move 
the flag from sequence number to version number.

The blocksize debate shows how a permanent softfork may cause trouble 
later. We need to be very careful when doing further softforks, making 
sure we will have enough flexibility for further development.

Mark Friedenbach 於 2015-08-08 14:56 寫到:
> It is not a bug that you are unable to selectively choose these
> features with higher version numbers. The version selection is in
> there at all because there is a possibility that there exists already
> signed transactions which would violate these new rules. We wouldn't
> want these transactions to become unspendable. However moving forward
> there is no reason to selectively pick and choose which of these new
> consensus rules you want to apply your transaction.
> On Aug 8, 2015 11:51 AM, "jl2012 via bitcoin-dev"
> <bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
>> BIP68 rules and some of the BIP62 rules are applied only if the tx
>> version is >=2 and >=3 respectively. Therefore, it is not possible
>> to create a tx which follows BIP62 but not BIP68. If we introduce v4
>> tx later, BIP62 and BIP68 will all become mandatory.
>> Some rules, e.g. "scriptPubKey evaluation will be required to
>> result in a single non-zero value" in BIP62, will cause trouble when
>> we try to introduce a new script system with softfork.
>> I suggest to divide the tx version field into 2 parts: the higher 4
>> bits and lower 28 bits.
>> BIP62 is active for a tx if its highest bits are 0000, and the
>> second lowest bit is 1.
>> BIP68 is active for a tx if its highest bits are 0000, and the
>> third lowest bit is 1.
>> So it will be easier for us to re-purpose the nSequence, or to take
>> advantage of malleability in the future. If this is adopted, the
>> nSequence high bit requirement in BIP68 becomes unnecessary as we
>> could easily switch it off.
>> The low bits will allow 28 independent BIPs and should be ample for
>> many years. When they are exhausted, we can switch the high bits to
>> a different number (1-15) and redefine the meaning of low bits. By
>> that time, some of the 28 BIPs might have become obsoleted or could
>> be merged.
>> (I'm not sure if there are other draft BIPs with similar
>> interpretation of tx version but the comments above should also
>> apply to them)
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