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README.md

Vertcoin integration/staging tree

http://www.vertcoin.org

Copyright (c) 2009-2013 Bitcoin Developers Copyright (c) 2011-2013 Litecoin Developers Copyright (c) 2014-2015 Vertcoin Developers

What is Vertcoin?

Vertcoin is a lite version of Bitcoin using Lyra2RE as a proof-of-work algorithm.

  • 2.5 minute block targets
  • subsidy halves in 840k blocks (~4 years)
  • ~84 million total coins
  • 50 coins per block
  • Every block to retarget difficulty with Kimotos Gravity Well algorithm

Vertcoin is also the first cryptocurrency to implement Stealth Addresses, a new technology for providing privacy on the public ledger.

For more information, as well as an immediately useable, binary version of the Vertcoin client sofware, see http://www.vertcoin.org.

License

Vertcoin is released under the terms of the MIT license. See COPYING for more information or see http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT.

Development process

Developers work in their own trees, then submit pull requests when they think their feature or bug fix is ready.

If it is a simple/trivial/non-controversial change, then one of the Vertcoin development team members simply pulls it.

If it is a more complicated or potentially controversial change, then the patch submitter will be asked to start a discussion with the devs and community.

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/coding.txt) or are controversial.

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 Vertcoin.

Building

Environment specific building instructions are located in the following directories and files:

vertcoind (headless wallet):

  • doc/build-msw.md (Windows)
  • doc/build-osx.md (Mac OS X)
  • doc/build-unix.md (Unix)

vertcoin-qt (wallet with GUI):

  • doc/readme-qt.rst

Testing

Testing and code review is the bottleneck for development; we get more pull requests than we can review and test. Please be patient and help out, and remember this is a security-critical project where any mistake might cost people lots of money.

Automated Testing

Developers are strongly encouraged to write unit tests for new code, and to submit new unit tests for old code.

Unit tests for the core code are in src/test/. To compile and run them:

cd src; make -f makefile.unix test

Unit tests for the GUI code are in src/qt/test/. To compile and run them:

qmake VERTCOIN_QT_TEST=1 -o Makefile.test vertcoin-qt.pro
make -f Makefile.test
./vertcoin-qt_test
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