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Update README now that main svn has -testnet built in

Gavin Andresen 11 years ago
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Bitcoin TEST network source code
Gavin's Bitcoin patches

Branches here:

* svn : up-to-date mirror of the 'production' Bitcoin (from
* monitorreceived : Implements monitortransaction/monitorblocks/gettransaction/getblock RPC commands.
* listtransactions: Implements new JSON-RPC command "listtransactions" (from jgarzik)
* refundtransaction : Implements new JSON-RPC command "refundtransaction"

These branches operate on the TEST network:

* svnTEST : just like 'svn' (no additional features), but patched to operate on the TEST network.
* master : runs on the TEST-network with any of what I think are "production-ready" features.

Important changes on the master branch are:

* Listen port is 18333 (instead of 8333). Uses 18332 for JSON-RPC (instead of 8332).
* Uses channel #bitcoinTEST for bootstrapping.
* Never tries to connect to "well known" nodes for bootstrapping.
* Uses bitcoinTEST for the default data directory (e.g. ~/.bitcoinTEST on Linux, %APPDATA%/BitcoinTEST on Windows, etc)
* Uses a different ADDRESSVERSION for Bitcoin Addresses (0xff instead of 0x0), so you can't screw up copying and pasting Bitcoin addresses (if you try to use a TEST address on the production system it will tell you it's invalid; you can, however, lose TESTcoins by trying to send them to a valid production address)
* Has a brand-new block chain (with a different genesis block)
* Initial difficulty is 4 times easier than production Bitcoin
* protocol message header bytes are { 0xfa, 0xbf, 0xb5, 0xda } instead of { 0xf9, 0xbe, 0xb4, 0xd9 }
* master : All of the above, merged together.

Code is hosted at github: