What does the main.cpp source-code file do? I know what main.cpp files are for in general, but specifically in the case of bitcoin?

  • I think this is a very, very wide question best answered perhaps by an issue filed on the Bitcoin issue tracker asking for inline documentation on the functions and methods in this file. It's not a very good question to be answered in this forum. – Colin Dean Dec 13 '12 at 20:07
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    It's totally NOT a "wide question", it's very specific instead. Either we accept source-code questions, or we don't; if we do, then this question is perfectly valid. – o0'. Dec 14 '12 at 19:04

It just contains an apparently random collection of functions used by the program. It also declares some global structures such as the main lock, the transaction pool, orphan block tracking, and so on. It contains high-level block and transaction functions. Ironically, it does not contain the actual main function -- that's in init.cpp.

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