Subject: Re: arc4random(9)
To: Perry E. Metzger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Klaus Klein <email@example.com>
Date: 05/29/2002 16:36:32
"Perry E. Metzger" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Thor Lancelot Simon <email@example.com> writes:
> > On Tue, May 28, 2002 at 08:23:31PM -0400, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> > > I agree modulo one thing: RC4 is actually more or less as fast as
> > > random() once initialized, so there is no real point in using random()
> > > -- an RC4 based generator would actually work better and produce much
> > > nicer data for things like monte carlo generators.
> > Well, then, let's just call it "random()".
> Yup -- modulo the fact that I think (I may be mistaken) that Posix may
> specify the algorithm.
While that's true, I was under the impression that the present issue
was the PRNG kernel API, which has no such constraint.