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Re: Back to emacsclient/server

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Back to emacsclient/server
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 09:25:32 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> I don't think repeatability is realistic within Emacs, because a Lisp
> function cannot have any control over other functions that might have called
> random before it.  If repeatability is desired, then we need a function to
> set the random seed to a known value, so Lisp code that requires
> repeatability can call it at the start of its psuedorandom number
> generation. As far as I can tell, no such function exists.

Agreed.  A quick "grep '(random t)' **/*.el" shows that many packages freely
use (random t).  I think Emacs should do a (random t) at startup.


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