Eclair #950 stops sending channel disabled updates each time a node disconnects, but instead only sends them if someone requests the node route a payment through a channel whose node is disconnected. This prevents notifying the network about channels nobody is actually trying to use. The PR makes several other minor changes to how the node handles network gossip with the aim to reduce unnecessary traffic.
Eclair #927 adds support for plugins written in Scala, Java, or a JVM-compatible language. Plugins are implementations of the plugin interface. See the newly-added documentation for details.
Eclair #951 implements a channel backup mechanism and provides documentation for using it. Unlike the LND static channel backups described earlier in this newsletter, this needs to be backed up after every payment. A configuration option allows Eclair to call a script you specify to automatically handle backing up the data file whenever a backup is needed.
Eclair #885 adds a single UUID-style identifier for tracking payments no matter what HTLCs are used in relation to it, allowing simplified tracking of whether the payment itself ultimately succeeded or failed. This addresses the case where the program automatically retries sending a temporarily-failed payment using a different route and so generates non-ultimate failures and other information that may not be useful to a high-level API consumer. Although there are differences in implementation and motivation, this seems conceptually related to C-Lightning #2382 as described in the notable code changes section of Newsletter #36 in two separate bullet points.
Eclair #894 replaces the JSON-RPC interface with an HTTP POST interface. Instead of RPC commands, HTTP endpoints are used (e.g. the
channelstats RPC is now
POST http://localhost:8080/channelstats). Parameters are provided to the endpoint using named form parameters with the same JSON syntax as used with RPC parameters. Returned results are identical to before the change. The old interface is still available using the configuration parameter
eclair.api.use-old-api=true, but it is expected to be removed in a subsequent release. See the updated API documentation for details.
Eclair #826 updates Eclair to be compatible with Bitcoin Core 0.17 and upcoming 0.18, dropping support for 0.16.