[bitcoin-dev] Forcenet: an experimental network with a new header format

Hampus Sjöberg hampus.sjoberg at gmail.com
Sun Dec 4 20:37:39 UTC 2016

> Also how about making timestamp 8 bytes?  2106 is coming up soon :)

AFAICT this was fixed in this commit:

2016-12-04 21:00 GMT+01:00 adiabat via bitcoin-dev <
bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org>:

> Interesting stuff! I have some comments, mostly about the header.
> The header of forcenet is mostly described in Luke’s BIP, but I have made
>> some amendments as I implemented it. The format is (size in parentheses;
>> little endian):
>> Height (4), BIP9 signalling field (4), hardfork signalling field (3),
>> merge-mining hard fork signalling field (1), prev hash (32), timestamp (4),
>> nonce1 (4), nonce2 (4), nonce3 (compactSize + variable), Hash TMR (32),
>> Hash WMR (32), total tx size (8) , total tx weight (8), total sigops (8),
>> number of tx (4), merkle branches leading to header C (compactSize + 32 bit
>> hashes)
> First, I'd really rather not have variable length fields in the header.
> It's so much nicer to just have a fixed size.
> Is having both TMR and WMR really needed?  As segwit would be required
> with this header type, and the WMR covers a superset of the data that the
> TMR does, couldn't you get rid of the TMR?  The only disadvantage I can see
> is that light clients may want a merkle proof of a transaction without
> having to download the witnesses for that transaction.  This seems pretty
> minor, especially as once they're convinced of block inclusion they can
> discard the witness data, and also the tradeoff is that light clients will
> have to download and store and extra 32 bytes per block, likely offsetting
> any savings from omitting witness data.
> The other question is that there's a bit that's redundant: height is also
> committed to in the coinbase tx via bip 34 (speaking of which, if there's a
> hard-fork, how about reverting bip 34 and committing to the height with
> coinbase tx nlocktime instead?)
> Total size / weight / number of txs also feels pretty redundant.  Not a
> lot of space but it's hard to come up with a use for them.  Number of tx
> could be useful if you want to send all the leaves of a merkle tree, but
> you could also do that by committing to the depth of the merkle tree in the
> header, which is 1 byte.
> Also how about making timestamp 8 bytes?  2106 is coming up soon :)
> Maybe this is too nit-picky; maybe it's better to put lots of stuff in for
> testing the forcenet and then take out all the stuff that wasn't used or
> had issues as it progresses.
> Thanks and looking forward to trying out forcenet!
> -Tadge
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