ForexMinute.com – In the wake of its scheduled AuxPoW switch on September 12th this year, Dogecoin team has released Dogecoin Core 1.8 as the final release. It is a mandatory update that will successful support the forthcoming changes in Dogecoin blockchain. In absence of this update, users will not be able to send or receive Dogecoin units.
The Dogecoin core developer Hans Langer also posted few guidelines that would help users to upgrade the clients successfully. The main ones included the backing up of the “wallet.dat” file before upgrading, and the requirement of full re-index as well. “Note that a full reindex is required as part of the upgrade to 1.8,” he wrote, “and this will typically take around an hour to complete. If you are running the Qt client you will be prompted to reindex when first running the software, while if you use “dogecoind” you must run it the first time with the “-reindex” command line option.”
However, reindexing might take more than just 30-60 minutes, depending on your computing speed. There are some people in the community claiming that their reindexing was completed in more than 4 hours. So, don’t hit the cancel button as such delays are very normal.
Also coming with the Dogecoin Core 1.8 is a new payment protocol which is used to “streamline payments being made to merchants.” Other changes that will come with the new client is universal transaction fee, new IP format, Chinese and Korean translations, new protocol version, etc.
The cryptocurrency will switch to AuxPoW after block 371,337.
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