It’s done! Today we are here to release Dogecoin Core 1.8 as the final release. I will start with a TL;DR of the release notes.I’d recommend everyone reading them, especially if you are a service provider.
Starting with block 371,337 the Dogecoin network will accept AuxPoW blocks from miners of other chains.
Please always make a backup of your wallet.dat! The Qt wallet will prompt you to do a reindex at first start after the upgrade. It’s mandatory to do this and will take about 30-60 minutes to complete depending on your machine. If you run dogecoind, you have to start with `-reindex` once manually. To ensure a smooth switchover to AuxPoW, 1.8 has safe mode disabled 1 hour before until 24 hours after the switch block. This ensures the actually legit fork will not trigger safe mode and halt mining. If you don’t want to have this behavior, then refer to the 1.8-safemode branch. This one doesn’t include the patch to disable safe mode.
Only possible with a complete fresh resync, but remmeber that at the switchover block you have to be on 1.8!
AuxPoW and mining
Depends on your pool if they implement AuxPoW. Powerpool and p2pool support it. A NOMP fork was found and is being worked on. Look for news from your pools for this :)
Dogecoin Core 1.8 adds payment protocol support, which is used to streamline payments being made to merchants.
To have consistent fees, all transactions have a base fee now which constinues to be 1 DOGE.
If you use `rpcallowip`, make sure to use CIDR notation instead of wildcards. `192.168.*.*` becomes `192.168/16`.
See linked release notes :)
Is this mandatory?
Yes, this is a mandatory update! The switchover block is projected to happen around September 12th. You have to update before then!
Downloads are available from: https://github.com/dogecoin/dogecoin/releases/tag/v1.8.0
and of course from http://dogecoin.com/
How do I update?
- Backup your wallet! This is very important!
Go to File -> Backup Wallet, and save this file in at least two safe places for a good backup.
- Exit the client you’re running now.
- Install the update
For Windows, use the setup.exe to update.
For Mac just overwrite the version you currently have in you Applications folder.
For Linux you’d overwrite your current dogecoin-qt binary with the new one.
- Start the client, confirm the reindex prompt and wait. That’s it :)
Will follow soon. You’ll get an update notification, as both Android wallet and MultiDoge have that built in :)
Ask on the linked post and we try our best to answer them all :) I also probably forgot some stuff here so will edit it in when I remember :D
Again thanks to everyone who contributed to this release and also thanks to everyone who contributed to the dev fund!
Click the linked post for more info!