Initializing Perl's rand
scouter at bigpond.net.au
Tue Jun 25 12:09:26 EST 2002
Doug.Palmer at csiro.au <Doug.Palmer at csiro.au> wrote:
> time() has only second resolution and MacPerl may not have decent access to
> a process ID. So there may not be much randomness going on. At the very
> least, hashing the value of time() -- perhaps with Crypt::SHA for good
> entropy -- would be a good idea.
What do you think the PRNG does with the seed you give it?
If time() has one-second resolution, then hash(time()) will also have
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