[BitTorrent] Back to Merkle Hash Trees...

Konstantin 'Kosta' Welke kosta at fillibach.de
Sun Feb 6 08:17:03 EST 2005

On Sun, 06 Feb 2005 12:24:33 +0100, Olaf van der Spek <OvdSpek at LIACS.NL> wrote:
> Elliott Mitchell wrote:

>> Imagine you're handed a 16K block of data and a hash value. You're unsure
>> whether this is internal nodes or a leaf (or even whether it is valid at
> How can you be unsure about that?
> It should be clear from the protocol.
> If not, an internal node is 21 or 41 bytes (IIRC), so your 16 kbyte
> block would not be an internal node.

Okay, why use this 2-byte prefix then?


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