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- Subject: Re: [ANN] Lua 5.3.0 (rc2) now available
- From: Edward Berner <erb@...>
- Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:20:50 -0800
On 12/24/2014 3:33 PM, Edward Berner wrote:
On 12/22/2014 6:34 AM, Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo wrote:
Lua 5.3.0 (rc2) is now available for testing at
MD5 61726271cf342794909a1752ea0c0aae -
SHA1 457be7b889f7825c3b9c8b9a4b95b85c0c0b434d -
This is a release candidate for the final release of Lua 5.3.0.
A few things have changed since beta that we'd like to test in the wild.
In particular, we made some changes in luaconf.h and in the Makefile
that we'd like to test. Please try compiling the current code in as many
platforms as possible. We expect the compilation will go smoothly as
but please report any warnings or other glitches.
Solaris is being a bit of a pain.
I haven't spent enough time yet with the test suite on Solaris to say
whether there are any issues worth reporting.
Lua's math.random(), when called with no arguments, is supposed to
return a number between 0 and 1. But, on Solaris 10 (compiled with the
default flags, which includes LUA_USE_POSIX):
Lua 5.3.0 Copyright (C) 1994-2014 Lua.org, PUC-Rio
(Lua 5.2.3 works as expected because it uses rand() instead of random().)
It looks like, according to the standard (
random() isn't actually defined in terms of RAND_MAX, even though the
Linux man page (at least on CentOS 6.6) and glibc 2.8 documentation
describe it that way. The Posix standard, the man pages on OpenBSD and
Solaris, and the glibc 2.20 documentation describe random() as returning
a number from 0 to (2**31)-1. Linux and OpenBSD set RAND_MAX to
(2**31)-1, so it doesn't make much difference, but Solaris sets RAND_MAX
Maybe lmathlib.c could abstract RAND_MAX to l_rand_max, similar to
l_rand and l_srand.
Or, maybe Lua could have its own pseudorandom number generator. SQLite
contains a public domain implementation of an RC4 based PRNG, for example.
Either way, I don't know that it is worth fixing now. Maybe in a point
release or something. I don't feel strongly about it, I just wanted to
point it out.