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From the bitcoin RPC, both gettransaction and getblock returns a confirmation number in their response, are they always the same? Is there a case a transaction's confirmations isn't the same as its containing block's confirmation number?

https://bitcoin.org/en/developer-reference#gettransaction

https://bitcoin.org/en/developer-reference#getblock
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Is there a case a transaction's confirmations isn't the same as its containing block's confirmation number?

No, by definition the number of confirmations on a transaction is the number of confirmations on the block it is contained in.

  • So that is a yes? the two confirmations are the same thing? – fluter Jan 5 '18 at 8:31
  • Yes, they're the same, by definition. – Pieter Wuille Jan 5 '18 at 9:53

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