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Re: Custom-length random/unique string generator

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Feb 02, 2013 at 19:33 UTC ( #1016742=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Custom-length random/unique string generator

my $buildID = md5_base64 ( rand($$) ) . md5_base64 ( rand($$) ) . md5_base64 ( rand($$) );

Let's see. On most *nix's, max_pid is 32768. That means that at most, you have 32768**4 = 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 inputs.

But, if your process happens to get allocated pid=100; then you only have 100**4 = 100,000,000 possibles.

The random number generator is seeded elsewhere with a permutation of this child's process ID and current machine time

Again, pids ranging from ~ 2 .. 32768. Time() during the working day, say 8.00am to 6pm: 29,000 .. 64,000.

You don;t say how they are combined, but typically people use something like  srand( $$ ^ time() ), and that produces a range of number far smaller than they intuitively expect.

this is 2.4e+100 possible combinations,

I think that is way optimistic.

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