Quote from: satoshi on August 19, 2010, 20:14:01
– Warning not to mess around with your wallet.dat file. It’s a database file, it’s not as simple as you think. In this Beta version, we haven’t had time to try and tinker-proof it yet. It may not work as expected if you start swapping it around.
Instead of introducing a warning or establishing a precedence of caution and delay in handling wallet file or backups, as I suggested above, the implementation for backing up data/wallet file needs more thought/establishment.
I am not familiar with the current process/structure of data flow that occurs, but if someone could write up or draw a diagram or something that shows how the flow of data appears then perhaps with this diagram-liek information, others, like myself, can help to understand how things work and maybe offer suggestions for improvements or to recognize things like after which data sent/received is worthy of implementing a kind of automated/triggered backup or similar action.
see http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=921.0 for continued discussion about backups
Any backup process/procedure would just be a stopgap until there’s time to properly work on coding solutions in software. We can try to use words to help the situation until code gets there.
The main backup improvement will be pre-made pool of keys, and a rescan at load to scrape missed transactions from the block history. Then a backup will last forward for a long time.
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