Questions tagged [stale-block]

A block that is part of an alternative branch in the blockchain and doesn't belong to the longest chain. Stale blocks occur when the blockchain forks, but another competing block at the same height ends up parenting the new longest chain.

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Obtaining historical orphaned blocks (chaintips) without old node

I'm attempting to do some research surrounding orphaned blocks within the Bitcoin network. From my understanding the best and really only way to obtain data for blocks that no longer exist in the main ...
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Extinct block in index

I am working on a blockchain parser. I first parse the header index to know where the data is located in the .blk files. And then I parse the blk files in the right order. (I use the data from my full ...
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Orphaned blocks

Is there orphaned blocks in blockchain? I mean a database of full node. Is it true that orphaned blocks (that outside the mainchain) already are in blk00*.dat files?
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What is the total number (or rate) of orphaned blocks in Bitcoin in 2020?

Apparently, blockchain.com stopped to provide such information in 2017. Obviously, we still have orphaned/stale blocks in Bitcoin (see, e.g., BitMEX Research: Bitcoin Has a Stale Block For The First ...