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EIP-3978: Gas refunds on reverts Source

Do not erase gas refunds on transaction subcall reverts, due users pay a lot of gas for storage non-modification.

AuthorAnton Bukov, Mikhail Melnik
Discussions-Tohttps://ethereum-magicians.org/t/eip-3978-gas-refunds-on-reverts/7071/
StatusDraft
TypeStandards Track
CategoryCore
Created2021-09-16

Abstract

Since EIP-3298 gas refunds works for storage restores only inside the same transaction. For example ERC-20 approve + transferFrom flow between 2 smart contracts according to EIP-2200 and EIP-2929 will cost nearly to 21600 gas with gas refund counter 20000. But in case of reverting this subcall (containing both approve and transferForm) gas refund will be erased, while smart contract storage will remain unmodified. I think it should keep storage access costs, but still refund modification costs.

Motivation

Сurrent full cancelling of gas refunds on internal reverts is too unfair. Users pay for non-modification same cost as for modification.

Specification

Let’s count all SSTORE gas costs within every subcall, excluding access costs. And on reverting any subcall let’s not erase refund counter, but:

tx.gas_refund_counter = tx.gas_refund_counter - call.gas_refund_counter + MIN(call.gas_refund_counter, call.all_sstores_gas_cost)

Rationale

TBD

Backwards Compatibility

No known backward incompatibilities.

Test Cases

TBD

Reference Implementation

TBD

Security Considerations

TBD

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Citation

Please cite this document as:

Anton Bukov, Mikhail Melnik, "EIP-3978: Gas refunds on reverts [DRAFT]," Ethereum Improvement Proposals, no. 3978, September 2021. [Online serial]. Available: https://eips.ethereum.org/EIPS/eip-3978.