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Re: Should Emacs provide a uuid function?

From: Ken Raeburn
Subject: Re: Should Emacs provide a uuid function?
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 11:11:17 -0400

On Apr 25, 2011, at 15:52, Chong Yidong wrote:

> Ken Raeburn <address@hidden> writes:
>> I wouldn't consider the elisp 'random' function to be remotely good
>> enough though.
> You mean, because of the way it's seeded?  I guess we can (should?)
> improve it to use /dev/random where that's available.

How it's seeded currently, yes, but also the fact that it can (depending on the 
system) use some fairly weak PRNG algorithms, with patterns in their output and 
relatively small amounts of internal state.


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