See this BIP. I'm not sure if this is a bug or what, but it would be good if
messages always had a fixed number of fields per protocol version.
This BIP details everything that needs to be done and proposes a protocol
It's not a bug (although there was recently a change to make bitcoind/qt
always send this field anyway).
I don't know where Amir is going with BIP 60. Version messages have always
been variable length. There's nothing inherent in the Bitcoin protocol that
says all messages are fixed length,
That's me. I never said to make all messages fixed length. I said to make a
fixed number of fields per protocol. So given a protocol version number, you
know the number of fields in a message. This is not only easier for parsing
messages, but just good practice. I don't see why a 1 byte flag
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