When I opened my account in simplewallet, it said that my transaction failed even though I saw them in a transaction pool on a block explorer. What does the message mean in simplewallet?
Once the wallet creates a transaction, it can fail at several steps.
The first one is to be rejected by the daemon. This can happen if the daemon sees that transction uses already spent key images, has too low a fee, etc. Normally, this should not happen, and the ringCT branch contains fixes for a few of these problems - hopefully fixing all of it.
When this happens, the wallet will warn you with a red message when trying to send.
The second one is that the transaction will never be mined. It may be that the daemon accepted the transction, but other nodes will not accept it, or will never mine it, or simply were never told about it (the latter one could be a temporary problem if using a new daemon with an older wallet).
When this happens, the wallet will first show the transaction as
in the transactions history (
show_transfers), while the transaction is waiting to be mined in the pool. If it is dropped by the pool, and was not added to the blockchain, this status will then change to
failed. At this point, you used to need to run
rescan_spent as the wallet became confused about which coins were spent and which were not, but this is now fixed in the RingCT branch (this one does seem to fix a lot of things, doesn't it).