31 Dec '12, 11pm

why does bitcoin support both compressed and uncompressed keys/addresses?: my question is about the difference b...

my question is about the difference between compressed keys and addresses, and i know it was addressed in another question but my question is less about the theory and more about how the keys are used practically in bitcoin. so heres what i did: i used dumpprivkey for an address (183Tw2TqXKkbk5ZeocTYwmxg8x46ADXb6c) in the .7.2 client, and got L5DTi7rgqsPg7Vq1vTU2dP2HWMEsNM5w5JCqEDXXXXXXXXXXXX. when i pasted this into bitcoinaddress.org's wallet details script, it returned several things, first, it showed a different address, (1FKswUuFsjWKyr4ZPSe3vEpp1iCXXChBZm), but it also showed the address above and said it was the compressed version. i sent like 0.0001 to each of the 2 addresses and my satoshi client only shows a transaction recieved from the 183 (compressed) address. can someone please explain in practical terms what the difference is and why they both even exist in b...

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