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Are payment channel attributes in the Lightning Network always directed?

While learning about payment channels, I understood channel attributes like base fees, proportional fees and maximum HTLC size would be directed, i.e., the attributes from A to B would not necessarily ...
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LN nodes with no network addresses

I'm trying to create a graph of the LN network using data from I used the channel data to get all the active channels for any given duration and created a graph using the ...
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How do new nodes learn the topology of Lightning network?

Lightning nodes store a full network snapshots to calculate routes for outgoing payments. Nodes listen to announcements of new (public) channel openings and constantly update their local snapshots. ...
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How do Lightning Explorers like 1ML register closed channels?

I want to do analytics on unilaterally and mutually closed channels. To do so I need to scan know when channels close. It seems to me there's no other way than to actively scan the network graph for ...
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lightning-cli listnodes is empty. Am I missing something?

I want the result of listnodes like the following. How can I do that? { "nodes" : [ { "nodeid" : "028e5a8e86540f703e1f58880d35d1e318a54c27d84ec1edbcde04a78ed4469a1e", "alias" : "???? ...
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Why did the lightning network implement a gossip protocol?

As pointed out by many lightning developers in the past (e.g. Rusty's 1 million channel challenge) the gossip protocol is quite noisy and a part of the BOLTs causing many engineering challenges. ...
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Number of nodes and channels in Lightning Network?

(1) Is there any tool by which we can know the current number of nodes (participants as payer/payee) and number of channels in Lightning Network with an accurate estimation? (2) As a more advanced ...
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What criteria should be taken into account when selecting nodes to create new lightning channels with?

Alex Bosworth recently pointed out: I see people connect to a "well connected" node on LN and by that they mean they connect to a node with lots of channels. The number of channels is actually a ...
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lightning-cli list only my channels

After connecting to a busy lighnting node such as the number of channels my own lightning node knows about ...
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Obtaining Lightning network graph data

I was wondering if it is possible for me to obtain data about the Lightning network mainnet, particularly the nodes and the edges (channels) in the network. I know that the graph is visualized in ...
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Funding channels in Lightning Network

I was attempting to learn more about LN and came across the article Connect to Lightning for Free. I made a graphic of my interpretation of the instructions. In the article, the suggestion is made ...
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Lightning mainnet peer list?

I just set up c-lightning on mainnet and I'd like to open a channel but I can't find a list of node ids and ip addresses. Does anyone know where I can find this?
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Is centralization in the Lightning network inevitable? Why (not)?

Especially keeping in mind the possibility of single-funded channels (see Tadge's Google Doc Slides), buying from an exchange and concurrently opening a payment channel on the Lightning network would ...
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