[bitcoin-dev] BIP151 protocol incompatibility

Matt Corallo lf-lists at mattcorallo.com
Mon Feb 13 11:11:11 UTC 2017

I believe many, if not all, of those messages are sent irrespective of version number.

In any case, I fail to see how adding any additional messages which are ignored by old peers amounts to a lack of backward compatibility.

On February 13, 2017 11:54:23 AM GMT+01:00, Eric Voskuil <eric at voskuil.org> wrote:
>On 02/13/2017 02:16 AM, Matt Corallo wrote:
>> For the reasons Pieter listed, an explicit part of our version
>handshake and protocol negotiation is the exchange of otherwise-ignored
>messages to set up optional features.
>Only if the peer is at the protocol level that allows the message:
>compact blocks:
>fee filter:
>send headers:
>> Peers that do not support this ignore such messages, just as if they
>had indicated they wouldn't support it, see, eg BIP 152's handshake.
>sure why you consider this backwards incompatible, as I would say it's
>pretty clearly allowing old nodes to communicate just fine.
>No, it is not the same as BIP152. Control messages apart from BIP151
>not sent until *after* the version is negotiated.
>I assume that BIP151 is different in this manner because it has a
>to negotiate encryption before any other communications, including

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