I have two peers: p1 and p2 running lightning-core

p1 opened a channel to p2 and p2 opened another channel to p1.

Now p2 has two channels. One with outbound funding and one with 0. Output of listfunds:

"channels": [      
         "peer_id": "02e7b2196a87513ef322fc2c23d5739ed4ac696a9010a855dbfe7185fe8e133c93",
         "connected": true,
         "state": "CHANNELD_NORMAL",
         "short_channel_id": "2410508x70x0",
         "channel_sat": 0,
         "our_amount_msat": "0msat",
         "channel_total_sat": 113495,
         "amount_msat": "113495000msat",
         "funding_txid": "1f5284dbfcaf76e8a333c1c607465a9474294f43cfbcbbb34504d97aac2189a4",
         "funding_output": 0
         "peer_id": "02e7b2196a87513ef322fc2c23d5739ed4ac696a9010a855dbfe7185fe8e133c93",
         "connected": true,
         "state": "CHANNELD_NORMAL",
         "short_channel_id": "2410509x222x0",
         "channel_sat": 90433,
         "our_amount_msat": "90433000msat",
         "channel_total_sat": 90433,
         "amount_msat": "90433000msat",
         "funding_txid": "befde7cbd4965f21fe9df3a1f06eb1968109a7246457aabed58bfe39f6694b08",
         "funding_output": 0


Now I tried to pay a 1000msat p1 invoice from p2 and get the error:


I think this is because p2 tries to send using the not funded channel 2410508x70x0. Because if I delete this channel, all works as expected.

Additional information:

Also getroute shows that channel 2410508x70x0 is used:

$ lightning-cli --testnet getroute 02e7b2196a87513ef322fc2c23d5739ed4ac696a9010a855dbfe7185fe8e133c93 1000 0
   "route": [
         "id": "02e7b2196a87513ef322fc2c23d5739ed4ac696a9010a855dbfe7185fe8e133c93",
         "channel": "2410508x70x0",
         "direction": 1,
         "msatoshi": 1000,
         "amount_msat": "1000msat",
         "delay": 9,
         "style": "tlv"


  • Why does p2 does not auto select the funded channel?
  • Is there a way to select the channel? I did not find an option for pay.
  • 1
    Is it possible that blockstream.info/testnet/tx/… didn't have three confirmations yet, when you tried to make that payment?—Does it work meanwhile?
    – Murch
    Dec 9, 2022 at 16:29
  • Tried once again with the same channel, still the same error. (the one I deleted was from a previous test).
    – timmornYE
    Dec 9, 2022 at 17:05
  • Please look at additional information. Also, getroute shows that the wrong channel is used.
    – timmornYE
    Dec 9, 2022 at 17:46

1 Answer 1

  • Why does p2 not auto-select the funded channel?

In this case, I guess that the pay plugin is smart enough to select the peer with the correct channel, or better is not able to choose the right channel of the peer. I guess this is a limitation of the pay plugin, also if I do not remember the code, maybe if you open an issue we can take a look at what is going on in your case!

  • Is there a way to select the channel? I did not find an option for payment.

Yes you can use the sendpay command that allows you to specify the route, this is a low-level command but it is a good way to have the power to choose the route

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