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Is there a way to abort a stuck lightning network payment?

I recently had this problem IRL: tried to pay in a coffee shop with LN, but my channel partner was "sleeping", so after a while I paid in cash. Then, 5 min later, the server comes back online, the LN ...
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How an LN node can be sure about existence / liveness of an individual path of channels?

Assuming nodes A and B do not have a direct channel between themselves and previously they could find an indirect path of channels and finalize their payment successfully. After a while, they decide ...
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Being offline: when do other nodes close channels?

If my lightning node goes offline, how long will it take until my counterparty nodes close the channels they co-own with me? This is obviously up to the counterparty nodes, as they can choose ...
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In the Lightning Network, what happens if a “middle node” suddenly goes dormant for a long while?

I think I have a general understanding of how the Lightning Network works. However, I was having a little difficulty in understanding what happens when a node in the middle of a "path" suddenly goes ...
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How do “trustless third-party watchers” work in Lightning Network?

The main point with LN is the need to monitor the blockchain. The reason for this is to detect if the counterparty misbehaves by publishing an old channel state to the blockchain. For a node running ...
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Would it be possible to send money through the Lightning Network to an offline address?

My understanding is that the current Lightning Network spec requires an address receiving money to sign things with its private key - which requires the owner of that key to be online. Are there any ...
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Do parties in a Lightning Network channel need to be online?

I'm thinking of a scenario where users on mobile devices using a LN client will rarely be online. Let's say Alice opens a channel with Bob and they make 10 LN transactions. After Alice has received ...
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Lightning network and lightweight clients

How will the lightning network handle lightweight clients? Do I understand it correctly that opening a payment channel require writing on the blockchain to protect against double-spend? The integrity ...