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-Bitcoin Core integration/staging tree
+# Dogecoin Core [DOGE, Ð]
-[![Build Status](](
+[![Build Status](]( [![tip for next commit](](
-What is Bitcoin?
+## What is Dogecoin? – Such coin
+Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, although it does not use SHA256 as its proof of work (POW). Taking development cues from Tenebrix and Litecoin, Dogecoin currently employs a simplified variant of scrypt.
-Bitcoin is an experimental new digital currency that enables instant payments to
-anyone, anywhere in the world. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate
-with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried
-out collectively by the network. Bitcoin Core is the name of open source
-software which enables the use of this currency.
-For more information, as well as an immediately useable, binary version of
-the Bitcoin Core software, see
+## License – Much license
+Dogecoin is released under the terms of the MIT license. See [COPYING](COPYING)
+for more information or see
+## Development and contributions – omg developers
+Development is ongoing, and the development team, as well as other volunteers, can freely work in their own trees and submit pull requests when features or bug fixes are ready.
-Bitcoin Core is released under the terms of the MIT license. See [COPYING](COPYING) for more
-information or see
+#### Version strategy
+Version numbers are following ```major.minor.patch``` semantics.
-Development process
+#### Branches
+There are 3 types of branches in this repository:
-Developers work in their own trees, then submit pull requests when they think
-their feature or bug fix is ready.
+- **master:** Stable, contains the latest version of the latest *major.minor* release.
+- **maintenance:** Stable, contains the latest version of previous releases, which are still under active maintenance. Format: ```<version>-maint```
+- **development:** Unstable, contains new code for planned releases. Format: ```<version>-dev```
-If it is a simple/trivial/non-controversial change, then one of the Bitcoin
-development team members simply pulls it.
+*Master and maintenance branches are exclusively mutable by release. Planned releases will always have a development branch and pull requests should be submitted against those. Maintenance branches are there for* ***bug fixes only,*** *please submit new features against the development branch with the highest version.*
-If it is a *more complicated or potentially controversial* change, then the patch
-submitter will be asked to start a discussion (if they haven't already) on the
-[mailing list](
+## Very Much Frequently Asked Questions
-The patch will be accepted if there is broad consensus that it is a good thing.
-Developers should expect to rework and resubmit patches if the code doesn't
-match the project's coding conventions (see [doc/](doc/ or are
+### How much doge can exist? – So many puppies!
+Early 2015 (approximately a year and a half after release) there will be approximately 100,000,000,000 coins.
+Each subsequent block will grant 10,000 coins to encourage miners to continue to secure the network and make up for lost wallets on hard drives/phones/lost encryption passwords/etc.
-The `master` branch is regularly built and tested, but is not guaranteed to be
-completely stable. [Tags]( are created
-regularly to indicate new official, stable release versions of Bitcoin.
+### How to get doge? – To the moon!
+Dogecoin uses a simplified variant of the scrypt key derivation function as its proof of work with a target time of one minute per block and difficulty readjustment after every block. The block rewards are fixed and halve every 100,000 blocks. Starting with the 600,000th block, a permanent reward of 10,000 Dogecoin per block will be paid.
+Originally, a different payout scheme was envisioned with block rewards being determined by taking the maximum reward as per the block schedule and applying the result of a Mersenne Twister pseudo-random number generator to arrive at a number between 0 and the maximum reward. This was changed, starting with block 145,000, to prevent large pools from gaming the system and mining only high reward blocks. At the same time, the difficulty retargeting was also changed from four hours to once per block (every minute), implementing an algorithm courtesy of the DigiByte Coin development team, to lessen the impact of sudden increases and decreases of network hashing rate.
-Testing and code review is the bottleneck for development; we get more pull
-requests than we can review and test on short notice. Please be patient and help out by testing
-other people's pull requests, and remember this is a security-critical project where any mistake might cost people
-lots of money.
+The current block reward schedule:
-### Automated Testing
+1–99,999: 0–1,000,000 Dogecoin
-Developers are strongly encouraged to write unit tests for new code, and to
-submit new unit tests for old code. Unit tests can be compiled and run (assuming they weren't disabled in configure) with: `make check`
+100,000–144,999: 0–500,000 Dogecoin
-Every pull request is built for both Windows and Linux on a dedicated server,
-and unit and sanity tests are automatically run. The binaries produced may be
-used for manual QA testing — a link to them will appear in a comment on the
-pull request posted by [BitcoinPullTester]( See
-for the build/test scripts.
+145,000–199,999: 250,000 Dogecoin
-### Manual Quality Assurance (QA) Testing
+200,000–299,999: 125,000 Dogecoin
-Large changes should have a test plan, and should be tested by somebody other
-than the developer who wrote the code.
-See for how to create a test plan.
+300,000–399,999: 62,500 Dogecoin
+400,000–499,999: 31,250 Dogecoin
+500,000–599,999: 15,625 Dogecoin
+600,000+: 10,000 Dogecoin
+The original block reward schedule, with one-minute block targets and four-hour difficulty readjustment:
+1–99,999: 0–1,000,000 Dogecoin
+100,000–199,999: 0–500,000 Dogecoin
+200,000–299,999: 0–250,000 Dogecoin
+300,000–399,999: 0–125,000 Dogecoin
+400,000–499,999: 0–62,500 Dogecoin
+500,000–599,999: 0–31,250 Dogecoin
+600,000+: 10,000 Dogecoin
+### Wow plz make dogecoind/dogecoin-cli/dogecoin-qt
+ The following are developer notes on how to build Dogecoin on your native platform. They are not complete guides, but include notes on the necessary libraries, compile flags, etc.
+ - [OSX Build Notes](doc/
+ - [Unix Build Notes](doc/
+ - [Windows Build Notes](doc/
+### Such ports
+RPC 22555
+P2P 22556
-Changes to translations as well as new translations can be submitted to
+Changes to translations, as well as new translations, can be submitted to
[Bitcoin Core's Transifex page](
-Translations are periodically pulled from Transifex and merged into the git repository. See the
+Periodically the translations are pulled from Transifex and merged into the git repository. See the
[translation process](doc/ for details on how this works.
-**Important**: We do not accept translation changes as GitHub pull requests because the next
-pull from Transifex would automatically overwrite them again.
+If the changes are Dogecoin specific, they can be submitted as pull requests against this repository.
+If it is a general translation, consider submitting it through upstream, as we will pull these changes later on.
+Development tips and tricks
+**compiling for debugging**
+Run configure with the --enable-debug option, then make. Or run configure with
+CXXFLAGS="-g -ggdb -O0" or whatever debug flags you need.
+If the code is behaving strangely, take a look in the debug.log file in the data directory;
+error and debugging messages are written there.
+The -debug=... command-line option controls debugging; running with just -debug will turn
+on all categories (and give you a very large debug.log file).
+The Qt code routes qDebug() output to debug.log under category "qt": run with -debug=qt
+to see it.
+**testnet and regtest modes**
+Run with the -testnet option to run with "play dogecoins" on the test network, if you
+are testing multi-machine code that needs to operate across the internet.
+If you are testing something that can run on one machine, run with the -regtest option.
+In regression test mode, blocks can be created on-demand; see qa/rpc-tests/ for tests
+that run in -regtest mode.
-Translators should also subscribe to the [mailing list](!forum/bitcoin-translators).
+Dogecoin Core is a multithreaded application, and deadlocks or other multithreading bugs
+can be very difficult to track down. Compiling with -DDEBUG_LOCKORDER (configure
+CXXFLAGS="-DDEBUG_LOCKORDER -g") inserts run-time checks to keep track of which locks
+are held, and adds warnings to the debug.log file if inconsistencies are detected.

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