I've seen mentioned in a few places that the dust limit for an output to be considered standard is minRelayTxFee*3. Based on this, I would expect the dust limit for a p2wsh output to be larger than for a p2wpkh, since CTxOut for p2wsh is larger (43 bytes versus 31 bytes).

However, when I look at the code in policy.cpp, it seems to only care about whether the output follows a witness program, and not whether it is p2wpkh or p2wsh. So does that mean the dust limit for a p2wsh output is also 294 satoshis?

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I just realized that there are in fact these two lines which takes into account the size of CTxOut:

size_t nSize = GetSerializeSize(txout);
nSize += (32 + 4 + 1 + (107 / WITNESS_SCALE_FACTOR) + 4);

so based on this, a p2wsh output (43 bytes) would have a dust limit of:

= 43 + (32 + 4 + 1 + (107 / WITNESS_SCALE_FACTOR) + 4)
= 110 bytes

then using the current dust_relay_tx_fee of 3000 sat/kilobyte (or 3 sat/byte),

110 bytes * 3 sat/byte = 330 satoshis

Therefore, p2wsh outputs with less than 330 satoshis will be considered non-standard and will be rejected.

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