Why does a transaction get created when executing a“throw” statement as no fuel is used?

smalltalksmalltalk Member Posts: 16
So for example, we have the following contract:

contract testThrowContract {
function testThrow() {

Once the contract is compiled and mined run the following:


As the only statement executed is the “throw” and no fuel is used; then why does a transaction in the block get created as no state has changed? I wouldn’t have expected a transaction to be written to the chain in this particular case.

I have included the transaction details in the block below, which shows the zero fuel zero ether transaction.

247545741fb873756b4e78229cd13ea7c84f42d0 – account 0 address
582db222db4de8dcee5a8290ec6df5ba7a2ccf10 – contract address

Block(#429): Size: 625.00 B {
MinerHash: bd40b8144802aeb26ff3a1956490be0d656540a6226f80b73d2d11cf7315c2b9
ParentHash: bf58b219fa66f594cca8a2b735b151d108544cfcfaa57426281cf0c53de0b4c8
UncleHash: 1dcc4de8dec75d7aab85b567b6ccd41ad312451b948a7413f0a142fd40d49347
Coinbase: f75c1904a0eef5b3ebfa5ad47873d6cecdef25ba
Root: a939bfe8447ac888193b89d4794715d05373fa565b89593de9bf966072835530
TxSha c034514f6fa18ba0fdba91687a361c743326f58580012baebba8158aa0e1c281
ReceiptSha: 1de7eeaf04e4de6448f2f72cd72b970bfcb543d93e6bba21e0a5cee56b7dd59c
Bloom: 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Difficulty: 131072
Number: 429
GasLimit: 2824425312
GasUsed: 90000
Time: 1459847668
MixDigest: 07a0273d89b81897efc7364a12e36ba2e455289f9d89bd3bbdf50c62fcdc0941
Nonce: 49cee41f1edfe616
Contract: false
From: 247545741fb873756b4e78229cd13ea7c84f42d0
To: 582db222db4de8dcee5a8290ec6df5ba7a2ccf10
Nonce: 109
GasPrice: 20000000000
GasLimit 90000
Value: 0
Data: 0x50bff6bf
V: 0x1c
R: 0x8e56dbc903cd35bdf57596882276fd19d1eb4831548f980adc14e9d565ad4d4b
S: 0x6724d3804ddea85ac43d112638217aa8e41ef192664cf5a7ebc19b4567c8a392
Hex: f8696d8504a817c80083015f9094582db222db4de8dcee5a8290ec6df5ba7a2ccf10808450bff6bf1ca08e56dbc903cd35bdf57596882276fd19d1eb4831548f980adc14e9d565ad4d4ba06724d3804ddea85ac43d112638217aa8e41ef192664cf5a7ebc19b4567c8a392


  • maxxflyermaxxflyer Member Posts: 30
    when throws, all fuel will be used. ALL, also the not needed gas, exceeding the real needs. This happens because the happening is trustless, so someone is working for you, and all the gas spent so far is gone. throws produces an exception, and all data saved so far would be reversed to previous state. Don't ask me why the remaining gas sent will be taken as well, but this is what i know. So if you add some tons of gas they will be consumed completely
  • smalltalksmalltalk Member Posts: 16
    This maybe true if you have another statement before the throw but if you just have a throw then no gas is used and no state is changed. I'm now convinced this is a bug as it assumes that gas will always be consumed but this is not the case with a single throw.

    My guess is that when the transaction is created it's not easy to determine if the statement consumes gas so results in a no-op transaction. So the miners will pick it up but they don't get paid for it.

    Also I don't think all the gas gets consumed on a throw as that doesn't seem to make sense but I need to test that out.
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