[bitcoin-dev] Forget dormant UTXOs without confiscating bitcoin

Chris Priest cp368202 at ohiou.edu
Sun Dec 13 08:13:42 UTC 2015

I don't like this scheme at all. It doesn't seem to make bitcoin
better, it makes it worse.

Lets say it's 2050 and I want to sweep a paper wallet I created in
2013. I can't just make the TX and send it to the network, I have to
first contact an "archive node" to get the UTXO data in order to make
the TX. How is this better than how the system works today?

Since many people are going to be holding BTC long term (store of
value of a first-class feature of bitcoin), this scheme is going to
effect pretty much all users.

These archive nodes will be essential to network's operation. If there
are no running archive nodes, the effect on the network is the same as
the network today without any full nodes.

Anyways, UTXO size is a function of number of users, rather than a
function of time. If tons of people join the network, UTXO still will
increase no matter what. All this change is going to do is make it
harder for people to use bitcoin. A person can still generate 1GB of
UTXO data, but as long as they spend those UTXOs within the amount
they are still using those resources.

IMO, wildcard inputs is still the best way to limit the UTXO set.

On 12/12/15, Gregory Maxwell via bitcoin-dev
<bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 13, 2015 at 1:00 AM, Vincent Truong via bitcoin-dev
> <bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
>> have run a node/kept their utxo before they were aware of this change and
>> then realise miners have discarded their utxo. Oops?
> I believe you have misunderstood jl2012's post.  His post does not
> cause the outputs to become discarded. They are still spendable,
> but the transactions must carry a membership proof to spend them.
> They don't have to have stored the data themselves, but they must
> get it from somewhere-- including archive nodes that serve this
> purpose rather than having every full node carry all that data forever.
> Please be conservative with the send button. The list loses its
> utility if every moderately complex idea is hit with reflexive
> opposition by people who don't understand it.
> Peter Todd has proposed something fairly similar with "STXO
> commitments". The primary argument against this kind of approach that
> I'm aware of is that the membership proofs get pretty big, and if too
> aggressive this trades bandwidth for storage, and storage is usually
> the cheaper resource. Though at least the membership proofs could be
> omitted when transmitting to a node which has signaled that it has
> kept the historical data anyways.
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