I'm running a full node without the GUI, so I'm controlling it with bitcoin-cli.

I sent bitcoin to another address, same as I always do, but this time I can't pull up the transaction on any of the block explorers and when I use bitcoin-cli gettransaction ad2dfbd06b15f0721c2c1864e4cf0989833727c6eec038472c2a2789f4b5d024, it comes back with:

  "amount": -0.01949732,
  "fee": -0.00007460,
  "confirmations": 0,
  "trusted": false,
  "txid": "ad2dfbd06b15f0721c2c1864e4cf0989833727c6eec038472c2a2789f4b5d024",
  "walletconflicts": [
  "time": 1479664206,
  "timereceived": 1479664206,
  "bip125-replaceable": "unknown"

I've never seen "trusted": false on any other transaction, so I assume that has something to do with it, but I can't find any information online to tell me what it means.

EDIT: Pasting the hex format of the raw transaction into blockchain.info/pushtx and pushing it that way has set it to trusted: true and now it's showing up. I'd still like to know why it happened and/or how I can fix it myself without relying on blockchain.info's pushtx tool.

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    This field is discussed in the 0.12.0 changelog, see under "Negative confirmations". I'm not sure what "coming from ourself" means, though. The code that implements it is in CWalletTx::IsTrusted() in wallet.cpp. Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 0:20
  • @NateEldredge Thanks! I'm still mostly clueless but at least now I have a new lead to look at
    – Rob
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 0:36
  • @NateEldredge: "Coming from ourself" means that your wallet controls the private keys corresponding to the transaction inputs.
    – Murch
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 1:20

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A transaction will be distrusted if

  • it conflicts with a transaction already in the blockchain, or
  • it is from someone else, and it is not confirmed.

A transaction will be trusted if

  • it has confirmations.

If a transaction is not trusted, the client won't create transactions that spend it. (You wouldn't want a transaction you created to be in limbo because one of its inputs wasn't confirmed.)

Once that transaction is confirmed, the trusted field in listtransactions will be true.

  • But this IS a transaction I created and it's currently in limbo.
    – Rob
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 1:03
  • blockchain.info/search/…
    – Rob
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 1:03
  • It can also show as nontrusted if the transaction isn't in your node's memory pool.
    – Nick ODell
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 2:51
  • But if I sent it, why would it not be in my memory pool? Or how would I check if its in the mempool? And how would I add it?
    – Rob
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 3:03
  • Hmm. Could you try getrawtransaction <txhash> followed by sendrawtransaction <tx> ?
    – Nick ODell
    Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 3:15

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