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I'm still learning how all of this stuff works. I'm running a v0.15.1 full node. While I was watching the debug output, I noticed that orphan tx were being discarded because the maximum had been reached. To see what would happen, I restarted bitcoind with maxorphantx=1024.

Is there any benefit to the bitcoin community by preserving a larger number of orphan tx or am I just wasting memory?

Note: I forgot to mention that my copy of the blockchain is up to date. The orphans I'm seeing aren't because I'm missing blocks.

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Is there any benefit to the bitcoin community by preserving a larger number of orphan tx

What kind of benefit/profit/etc can gain the community by the increased mempool for orphan transactions on one node? Literally, none.

or am I just wasting memory?

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