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We are expecting the merged mining support for Dogecoin and Litecoin that was announced to start after DOGE block 371337 to happen any moment now (less than 100 blocks remaining), so if you are currently mining Dogecoin you might want to move to a pool with merged mining support. You should be able to mine directly for Litecoin and also get Dogecoin additionally, however in order to be able to do that you will have to use a pool that has already implemented DOGE and LTC merged mining support. Do note that merged mining of DOGE can happen with other Scrypt coins as well and not only with LTC, so some pools may have enabled merged mining of Dogecoin with other Scrypt crypto coins. We have prepared a list of pools that have already announced that are ready with merged mining support and as soon as we move past the block that should act as a starting point of the support you should start getting paid in LTC and DOGE by just mining for Litecoin. You will still be able to separately mine only DOGE, however there is not going to be much point in that when you can get the same amount of DOGE extra while mining for LTC in a pool supporting merged mining. There are still not a lot of pools supporting AuxPow merged mining, but we’ll probably see some more adding support in the next few days…
Do note that that the AuxPow or merged mining support comes with a hardfork for the DOGE, so you will need to update your wallet to continue using it after block 371337, so if you still haven’t updated to version 1.8 of the Dogecoin wallet than it is time to do the upgrade. Have in mind that the update will require you to reindex the blockchain and that can take some time to complete.
There is now an official release of the Dogecoin Core 1.8 available that adds AuxPow support required for the upcoming merged mining support with Litecoin and why not other Scrypt crypto currencies. Starting with block 371337 the Dogecoin network will accept AuxPoW blocks from miners of other chains, according to calculations this should happen around September 12th. This is a mandatory upgrade that you need to install if you wan to be able to continue using your wallet. Do note that after installing it you will have to reindex the blockchain, so it will take some time before the wallet balance appears again, also a wise idea to have a backup of the wallet.dat file before running the upgrade.
There was a momentary panic sale apparently caused by a network fork for DOGEcoin, but it seems things are getting back to normal now. There could be some delays processing transactions though due to some pools and exchanges not running the latest version of the doge client software, and some pools such as Multipool have temporary disabled DOGE withdraws until they fix the problem. Just don’t get the panic get a hold of you, things are already getting back to normal. Below is some info from the developers:
The network has forked around block 104678. From my first investigation, it looks like the version below and above 1.5 disagree on the correct blockchain. Currently, the clients below 1.5 stopped accepting new blocks. Solely the 1.5+ clients are now generating and accepting new blocks. Older nodes will generate blocks too, but those will be rejected by the network as 1.5+ nodes are used by more than 51% of users.
THIS IS NOT A 51% ATTACK!
We are actively looking into why this happened. I can’t say much yet (I’m at work), but the safest currently is updating your client to 1.5.1.
Pool owners: I know about that issue with 1.5+, but there is currently no other way, as we can’t patch 1.4 so fast. We have to investigate why that fork happened. A debug.log of a 1.4 node could help.
Try to reduce your transactions to a minimum while this is being worked on. Check your block count in the bottom right corner of your wallet to see on which side of the chain you are. As of writing this, my client shows ~104773 blocks. This seems to be the currently longest, therefore “correct” chain.