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What can I expect using the salvagewallet command? What is it actually doing?

I am asking specifically about the zcoin fork, if that matters. How can this help with corrupted wallet? How can Wallets become corrupted in the first place?

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zcoin seems to be a fork of Bitcoin Core.

Bitcoin Core's -salvagewallet does carefully try to recover a broken wallet database (wallet.dat file).

What it does is:

  1. Copy the wallet.dat file (wallet.<date>.bak)
  2. Tries to recover only the private keys

Make sure you check your debug.log after -salvagewallet wallet operation. Look for lines starting with "Salvage" to get more information.

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