Adrian Gallagher, lead developer of the Litecoin Core project, the most popular network implementation, announced that the team are in the final stages of their latest release. The 0.17.1 Release Candidate (RC) is now available via Github for final testing.
It is recommended for power users to upgrade to this version. After sufficient testing, Litecoin Core 0.17.1 final will be released and is recommended for all users to upgrade.
We had previously reported on the much anticipated 10X fee reduction that is a part of 0.17.1, however, now the RC is here, the final list of upgrades is far more comprehensive with a full list available on Gallagher’s original post. To briefly cover the changes, they include but are not limited to:
-wallet=<path>option now accepts full paths instead of requiring wallets to be located in the -walletdir directory.
-wallet=<path>is specified with a path that does not exist, it will now create a wallet directory at the specified location instead of just creating a data file at the path and storing log files in the parent directory.
-mintxfeehas been lowered to 0.0001 LTC/kB after relaxing the minimum relay and dust relay fee rates in prior releases.
-avoidpartialspendsflag has been added. If enabled, the wallet will always spend existing UTXO to the same address together for better transaction privacy even if it results in higher fees.
-upgradewalletcommand line option. This upgrade will result in the all keys in the keypool being marked as used and a new keypool generated. A new backup must be made when this upgrade is performed.
-blockmaxsizeoption for miners to limit their blocks' sizes was deprecated in V0.15.1, and has now been removed. Miners should use the
-blockmaxweightoption if they want to limit the weight of their blocks.
Despite being heavily tested by the core developers, 0.17.1 RC may still contain bugs, it is advised to back up any wallet data files before upgrading as a precaution. Other disclosed and known issues include:
-reindex-chainstateoption to rebuild the chainstate data structures in the old format.
Those looking to help test the RC before final approval should disclose any further issues to the projects GitHub page.