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Now that 0.12 has been branched, master is 0.12.99

... in preparation for 0.13
Wladimir J. van der Laan 7 years ago
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dnl require autoconf 2.60 (AS_ECHO/AS_ECHO_N)


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name: "bitcoin-linux-0.12"
name: "bitcoin-linux-0.13"
enable_cache: true
- "trusty"


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name: "bitcoin-osx-0.12"
name: "bitcoin-osx-0.13"
enable_cache: true
- "trusty"


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name: "bitcoin-win-0.12"
name: "bitcoin-win-0.13"
enable_cache: true
- "trusty"


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# This could be handy for archiving the generated documentation or
# if some version control system is used.
# Using the PROJECT_BRIEF tag one can provide an optional one line description
# for a project that appears at the top of each page and should give viewer


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Bitcoin Core 0.11.99
Bitcoin Core 0.12.99


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Bitcoin Core 0.11.99
Bitcoin Core 0.12.99


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Notable changes
SSL support for RPC dropped
Example item
SSL support for RPC, previously enabled by the option `rpcssl` has been dropped
from both the client and the server. This was done in preparation for removing
the dependency on OpenSSL for the daemon completely.
Trying to use `rpcssl` will result in an error:
Error: SSL mode for RPC (-rpcssl) is no longer supported.
If you are one of the few people that relies on this feature, a flexible
migration path is to use `stunnel`. This is an utility that can tunnel
arbitrary TCP connections inside SSL. On e.g. Ubuntu it can be installed with:
sudo apt-get install stunnel4
Then, to tunnel a SSL connection on 28332 to a RPC server bound on localhost on port 18332 do:
stunnel -d 28332 -r -p stunnel.pem -P ''
It can also be set up system-wide in inetd style.
Another way to re-attain SSL would be to setup a httpd reverse proxy. This solution
would allow the use of different authentication, loadbalancing, on-the-fly compression and
caching. A sample config for apache2 could look like:
Listen 443
NameVirtualHost *:443
<VirtualHost *:443>
SSLEngine On
SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/server.crt
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache2/ssl/server.key
<Location /bitcoinrpc>
# optional enable digest auth
# AuthType Digest
# ...
# optional bypass bitcoind rpc basic auth
# RequestHeader set Authorization "Basic <hash>"
# get the <hash> from the shell with: base64 <<< bitcoinrpc:<password>
# Or, balance the load:
# ProxyPass / balancer://balancer_cluster_name
Random-cookie RPC authentication
When no `-rpcpassword` is specified, the daemon now uses a special 'cookie'
file for authentication. This file is generated with random content when the
daemon starts, and deleted when it exits. Its contents are used as
authentication token. Read access to this file controls who can access through
RPC. By default it is stored in the data directory but its location can be
overridden with the option `-rpccookiefile`.
This is similar to Tor's CookieAuthentication: see
This allows running bitcoind without having to do any manual configuration.
Low-level RPC API changes
- Monetary amounts can be provided as strings. This means that for example the
argument to sendtoaddress can be "0.0001" instead of 0.0001. This can be an
advantage if a JSON library insists on using a lossy floating point type for
numbers, which would be dangerous for monetary amounts.
Option parsing behavior
Command line options are now parsed strictly in the order in which they are
specified. It used to be the case that `-X -noX` ends up, unintuitively, with X
set, as `-X` had precedence over `-noX`. This is no longer the case. Like for
other software, the last specified value for an option will hold.
`NODE_BLOOM` service bit
Support for the `NODE_BLOOM` service bit, as described in [BIP
111](, has been
added to the P2P protocol code.
BIP 111 defines a service bit to allow peers to advertise that they support
bloom filters (such as used by SPV clients) explicitly. It also bumps the protocol
version to allow peers to identify old nodes which allow bloom filtering of the
connection despite lacking the new service bit.
In this version, it is only enforced for peers that send protocol versions
`>=70011`. For the next major version it is planned that this restriction will be
removed. It is recommended to update SPV clients to check for the `NODE_BLOOM`
service bit for nodes that report versions newer than 70011.
Any sequence of pushdatas in OP_RETURN outputs now allowed
Previously OP_RETURN outputs with a payload were only relayed and mined if they
had a single pushdata. This restriction has been lifted to allow any
combination of data pushes and numeric constant opcodes (OP_1 to OP_16). The
limit on OP_RETURN output size is now applied to the entire serialized
scriptPubKey, 83 bytes by default. (the previous 80 byte default plus three
bytes overhead)
Merkle branches removed from wallet
Previously, every wallet transaction stored a Merkle branch to prove its
presence in blocks. This wasn't being used for more than an expensive
sanity check. Since 0.12, these are no longer stored. When loading a
0.12 wallet into an older version, it will automatically rescan to avoid
failed checks.
Previously it was impossible to create a transaction output that was guaranteed
to be unspendable until a specific date in the future. CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY is a
new opcode that allows a script to check if a specific block height or time has
been reached, failing the script otherwise. This enables a wide variety of new
functionality such as time-locked escrows, secure payment channels, etc.
BIP65 implements CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY by introducing block version 4, which adds
additional restrictions to the NOP2 opcode. The same miner-voting mechanism as
in BIP34 and BIP66 is used: when 751 out of a sequence of 1001 blocks have
version number 4 or higher, the new consensus rule becomes active for those
blocks. When 951 out of a sequence of 1001 blocks have version number 4 or
higher, it becomes mandatory for all blocks and blocks with versions less than
4 are rejected.
Bitcoin Core's block templates are now for version 4 blocks only, and any
mining software relying on its `getblocktemplate` must be updated in parallel
to use either libblkmaker version 0.4.3 or any version from 0.5.2 onward. If
you are solo mining, this will affect you the moment you upgrade Bitcoin Core,
which must be done prior to BIP65 achieving its 951/1001 status. If you are
mining with the stratum mining protocol: this does not affect you. If you are
mining with the getblocktemplate protocol to a pool: this will affect you at
the pool operator's discretion, which must be no later than BIP65 achieving its
951/1001 status.
Automatically use Tor hidden services
Starting with Tor version it is possible, through Tor's control socket
API, to create and destroy 'ephemeral' hidden services programmatically.
Bitcoin Core has been updated to make use of this.
This means that if Tor is running (and proper authorization is available),
Bitcoin Core automatically creates a hidden service to listen on, without
manual configuration. Bitcoin Core will also use Tor automatically to connect
to other .onion nodes if the control socket can be successfully opened. This
will positively affect the number of available .onion nodes and their usage.
This new feature is enabled by default if Bitcoin Core is listening, and
a connection to Tor can be made. It can be configured with the `-listenonion`,
`-torcontrol` and `-torpassword` settings. To show verbose debugging
information, pass `-debug=tor`.
Reduce upload traffic
A major part of the outbound traffic is caused by serving historic blocks to
other nodes in initial block download state.
It is now possible to reduce the total upload traffic via the `-maxuploadtarget`
parameter. This is *not* a hard limit but a threshold to minimize the outbound
traffic. When the limit is about to be reached, the uploaded data is cut by not
serving historic blocks (blocks older than one week).
Moreover, any SPV peer is disconnected when they request a filtered block.
This option can be specified in MiB per day and is turned off by default
The recommended minimum is 144 * MAX_BLOCK_SIZE (currently 144MB) per day.
Whitelisted peers will never be disconnected, although their traffic counts for
calculating the target.
A more detailed documentation about keeping traffic low can be found in
Signature validation using libsecp256k1
ECDSA signatures inside Bitcoin transactions now use validation using
[](libsecp256k1) instead of OpenSSL.
Depending on the platform, this means a significant speedup for raw signature
validation speed. The advantage is largest on x86_64, where validation is over
five times faster. In practice, this translates to a raw reindexing and new
block validation times that are less than half of what it was before.
Libsecp256k1 has undergone very extensive testing and validation.
A side effect of this change is that libconsensus no longer depends on OpenSSL.
Direct headers announcement (BIP 130)
Between compatible peers, BIP 130 direct headers announcement is used. This
means that blocks are advertized by announcing their headers directly, instead
of just announcing the hash. In a reorganization, all new headers are sent,
instead of just the new tip. This can often prevent an extra roundtrip before
the actual block is downloaded.
Negative confirmations and conflict detection
The wallet will now report a negative number for confirmations that indicates
how deep in the block chain the conflict is found. For example, if a transaction
A has 5 confirmations and spends the same input as a wallet transaction B, B
will be reported as having -5 confirmations. If another wallet transaction C
spends an output from B, it will also be reported as having -5 confirmations.
To detect conflicts with historical transactions in the chain a one-time
`-rescan` may be needed.
Unlike earlier versions, unconfirmed but non-conflicting transactions will never
get a negative confirmation count. They are not treated as spendable unless
they're coming from ourself (change) and accepted into our local mempool,
however. The new "trusted" field in the `listtransactions` RPC output
indicates whether outputs of an unconfirmed transaction are considered
0.12.0 Change log
0.13.0 Change log
Detailed release notes follow. This overview includes changes that affect
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### RPC and REST
Asm representations of scriptSig signatures now contain SIGHASH type decodes
The `asm` property of each scriptSig now contains the decoded signature hash
type for each signature that provides a valid defined hash type.
The following items contain assembly representations of scriptSig signatures
and are affected by this change:
- RPC `getrawtransaction`
- RPC `decoderawtransaction`
- REST `/rest/tx/` (JSON format)
- REST `/rest/block/` (JSON format when including extended tx details)
- `bitcoin-tx -json`
For example, the `scriptSig.asm` property of a transaction input that
previously showed an assembly representation of:
now shows as:
Note that the output of the RPC `decodescript` did not change because it is
configured specifically to process scriptPubKey and not scriptSig scripts.
### Configuration and command-line options
### Block and transaction handling
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### Miscellaneous
- Removed from contrib
Addition of ZMQ-based Notifications
Bitcoind can now (optionally) asynchronously notify clients through a
ZMQ-based PUB socket of the arrival of new transactions and blocks.
This feature requires installation of the ZMQ C API library 4.x and
configuring its use through the command line or configuration file.
Please see docs/ for details of operation.


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//! These need to be macros, as clientversion.cpp's and bitcoin*-res.rc's voodoo requires it