Subject: re: arc4random(9)
To: Perry E. Metzger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: matthew green <email@example.com>
Date: 05/30/2002 05:56:47
Thor Lancelot Simon <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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) ?