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When announcing a transaction, how does the Bitcoin client make sure network peers accepted it? For example, if I put in no transaction-fee but all peers I’m connected to require a fee and therefore reject my transaction, how will I notice it?

  • i can't say for sure, but it might be a case of waiting to see if the transaction comes through in a block – mulllhausen Dec 23 '13 at 20:14
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The client doesn't ensure peers accept it. If none of your peers relay the transaction, then it will likely never get into a block and will remain unconfirmed forever. Your client will continue to make attempts to relay the transaction periodically, and you may eventually connect to a client that will relay transactions that have no fee or your coins may eventually get old enough that the standard client will relay them with no fee.

  • So, the client actively searches incoming blocks for previously announced transactions? – Lenar Hoyt Dec 23 '13 at 21:04
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    Yes, it does. That's how it knows how many confirmations they have -- if any. – David Schwartz Dec 23 '13 at 21:51

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