[bitcoin-dev] Taproot proposal

Pieter Wuille pieter.wuille at gmail.com
Wed Sep 18 21:21:56 UTC 2019

On Mon, 16 Sep 2019 at 21:10, ZmnSCPxj via bitcoin-dev
<bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:

> ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
> > I'd prefer to not support P2SH-nested TR. P2SH wrapping was useful for segwit
> > v0 for compatibility reasons. Most wallets/exchanges/services now support sending
> > to native segwit addresses (https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Bech32_adoption) and that
> > will be even more true if Schnorr/Taproot activate in 12+ months time.
> >
> > Apologies for necroing an ancient thread, but I'm echoing my agreement with John here.
> > We still have plenty of time to have ecosystem upgrade by the time taproot is likely to activate.

> On the other hand, the major benefit of taproot is the better privacy and homogeneity afforded by Taproot, and supporting both P2SH-wrapped and non-wrapped SegWit v1 addresses simply increases the number of places that a user may be characterized and potentially identified.

I'm starting to lean towards not allowing P2SH wrapped Taproot as well.

Given the progress bech32 adoption has made in the past year or so, I
don't think adding P2SH support would result in many more software
authors deciding to implement receive-to-taproot functionality. And
without that advantage, having the option of supporting P2SH wrapping
actually risks degrading the privacy goals it aims for (see ZmnSCPxj's
argument above).

My main intuition for keeping P2SH is that Segwit was really designed
to support both, and I expect that disallowing P2SH would actually
require (very slightly) more complex validation code. I don't think
this is a sufficiently strong reason, especially as keeping P2SH
support does increase the number of combinations software needs to
test (both in consensus code and wallets).



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