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- Subject: Re: [proposal] Concerns about math.random
- From: Coroutines <coroutines@...>
- Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:24:28 -0700
On Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 8:21 AM, Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo
>> Among many programming circles, rand() is considered harmful.
> The Lua manual warns about this. Note that it says that the quality
> of math.random() cannot be guaranteed, not that it must be bad.
> I seemed to recall that recent glibc had a much better rand() but
> I can't find the source of that quote and the glibc sources do not show
> a better RNG. (My recollection was that rand() actually was drand48() or
> random() but the sources do not show it.)
Would it not be safe to assume rand() is a wrapper around something
better within the C library? The risk is using rand() on older