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## Document srand

 From: Eric S. Raymond Subject: Document srand Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 21:21:40 -0400

--- pic.ms      2001/07/17 01:18:10     1.2
+++ pic.ms      2001/07/17 01:20:16
@@ -1372,10 +1372,12 @@
\fBcos(\fIx\fB)\fR, \fBlog(\fIx\fB)\fR, \fBexp(\fIx\fB)\fR,
\fBsqrt(\fIx\fB)\fR, \fBmax(\fIx\fB,\fIy\fB)\fR,
\fBatan2(\fIx\fB,\fIy\fB)\fR, \fBmin(\fIx\fB,\fIy\fB)\fR,
-\fBint(\fIx\fB)\fR, and \fBrand()\fP.
+\fBint(\fIx\fB)\fR, \fBrand()\fP, and \fBsrand()\fP.
Both \fBexp\fP and \fBlog\fP are
-base 10; \fBint\fP does integer truncation; and \fBrand()\fP returns a
-random number in [0-1).
+base 10; \fBint\fP does integer truncation; \fBrand()\fP returns a
+random number in [0-1), and \fBsrand()\fP sets the seed for
+a new sequence of pseudo-random numbers to be returned by \fBrand()\fP
+(\fBsrand()\fP is a GNU extension).
.PP
GNU \fBgpic\fP also documents a one-argument form or rand,
\fBrand(\fIx\fB)\fR, which returns a random number between 1 and
--
<a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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weapons.  A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple
weapon -- so long as there is no answer to it -- gives claws to the
weak.
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