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Re: Re: Is it possible to generate unique temporary filenames using hostname/process id?

by iguanodon (Priest)
on Mar 14, 2004 at 01:29 UTC ( #336439=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Is it possible to generate unique temporary filenames using hostname/process id?
in thread Is it possible to generate unique temporary filenames using hostname/process id?

Ok, I know I run the risk of looking like a dumbass here but (assuming a Unix platform) what's wrong with $$ . time()? Is the risk that so many processes are created within one second that the PIDs roll over?
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Re: Is it possible to generate unique temporary filenames using hostname/process id?
by bill_mcgonigle (Acolyte) on Mar 15, 2004 at 02:34 UTC
    Stick a long random number on the end and your odds are pretty good. Of course, there's no reason not to look for a name collision to guarantee it.

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