IRC meeting summary for 2017-01-19


Main topics

  • Last-minute merges before feature freeze 0.14
  • wallet synchronization issues
  • Final alert for 0.14

last-minute merges before feature freeze 0.14


Bitcoin Core 0.14 is scheduled to be released around March 2017. Open pull request aimed for 0.14 are tagged with a 0.14 tag.

meeting comments

#9535 (Split CNode::cs_vSend: message processing and message sending) got some thorough review and would be a great win.

#9461 (Improve progress display) is ready and #9294 (HD split) needs another review. It has string changes, so it needs to be done before the feature freeze to allow for translations.

Gmaxwell thinks #9526 (-blocksonly should disable sharing of mempool with dbcache) should be untagged for 0.14. BlueMatt and Sipa think it’s a bugfix and therefor can be merged after the feature freeze.

Priority for 0.14 is solving the nasty remaining issues, like the wallet sync problems.

BlueMatt noticed #9108 (Use importmulti timestamp when importing watch only keys) needs a 0.14 tag, as it fixes issue #9034 which is tagged for 0.14.

BlueMatt is fine with untagging #9027 (Unbounded reorg memory usage) for 0.14. It was pointed out we can do a simple fix to address the issue, but there’s other issues making it non-trivial to fix it completely.

meeting conclusion

  • Review #9294 (Use internal HD chain for change outputs (hd split))

wallet synchronization issues


Since #7946 Bitcoin Core doesn’t hold cs_main while syncing transactions connected in a block with the wallet. There have been several issues of which at least 2 remain, summarized in issue #9584.

meeting comments

BlueMatt tried to fix issue #9148, but it turned out to be more complicated than anticipated. He recommends #9583 (Move wallet callbacks into cs_main (this effectively reverts #7946)) for 0.14, and do a set of bigger changes for 0.15. His intend for 0.15 is to move these callbacks into a background thread.

meeting conclusion

  • Review #9583 as solution for 0.14

Final alert for 0.14


The bitcoin alert system was a way for trusted parties to broadcast a message to all Core clients about critical network problems. It has been removed in Bitcoin Core since 0.13.0 and has been disabled for a while now.

The final step in the retirement of the alert system is to hardcode nodes to send the final alert to peers to overcome the lack of propagation.

meeting comments

Now is as good a time as any to send the final alert. Given the prior alert there’s no need for delays or announcements.

meeting conclusion

  • Send final alert message (PR #9594)

Comic relief

luke-jr         there's a pre-MW PR that's probably ready, but not a prioirty
sipa            pre-mimblewimble?
luke-jr         multiwallet ;)

wumpus          let's just do it
petertodd       wumpus: <insert meme here>


wumpus          ok, any other topics?
sipa            i propose lunch


IRC nick Name/Nym
sipa Pieter Wuille
jonasschnelli Jonas Schnelli
instagibbs Gregory Sanders
kanzure Bryan Bishop
BlueMatt Matt Corallo
cfields Cory Fields
luke-jr Luke Dashjr
wumpus Wladimir van der Laan
morcos Alex Morcos
jtimon Jorge Timón
petertodd Peter Todd
MarcoFalke Marco Falke
CodeShark Eric Lombrozo
btcdrak BtcDrak
achow101 Andrew Chow
gmaxwell Gregory Maxwell


This summary was compiled without input from any of the participants in the discussion, so any errors are the fault of the summary author and not the discussion participants.