Subject: re: arc4random(9)
To: Perry E. Metzger <>
From: matthew green <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 05/30/2002 05:56:47
   Thor Lancelot Simon <> 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.

would someone please explain to me why our _kernel_ random() needs
to worry about POSIX or being reproducible (in general) ?