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I was curious when you do a dumpwallet in the default bitcoin client the output file gives you an xprv and then followed by WIF keys, corresponding address, and the hdkeypath.

I noticed the order of the keys are not sequential with the keypath. For example when I did a dump of a test wallet with no balances I get:

hdkeypath=m/0'/0'/390'
hdkeypath=m/0'/0'/489'
hdkeypath=m/0'/0'/779'
hdkeypath=m/0'/0'/48'

Is there a method behind the order or is it all random?

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  • Might be stored in a hash map internally so it would seem random but perhaps it's in order by public key hash. – pinhead Dec 18 '20 at 0:05

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