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bug#32605: 26.1; (random) never returns negative


From: Francis Wright
Subject: bug#32605: 26.1; (random) never returns negative
Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2018 18:18:01 +0100

According to my reading of both the documentation for the function
random and its description in the manual, if it is called with no
argument then "the value might be any integer representable in Lisp,
i.e., an integer between ‘most-negative-fixnum’ and
‘most-positive-fixnum’".  Therefore, it should return a negative integer
half the time, but I have never yet seen it return a negative value.  So
either the documentation or the implementation is wrong.  For what it's
worth, I would prefer the documented behaviour over the current actual
behaviour.


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