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Should we synchronize blockchain from scratch after every scheduled hardfork or just update the binaries and synchronizing blockchain from where it was synced with pre hardfork binaries?

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I think generally just update the binaries and sync from where you left off. I believe the resync from scratch with the most recent binaries (v0.10) were due to significant changes to the database format, and resyncing was generally faster than converting the old one.

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No, we shouldn't have to resynchronize from scratch as it would create moments in the monero network where there are fewer functioning copies of the blockchain.

Imagine - if everyone sync'd from scratch at the same time, who would they be synchronizing from?

Hopefully this is the last major database reformat.

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  • Hopefully pruning will be possible soon as database upgrades is to be expected going into the future. – pl55 Oct 10 '16 at 5:36

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