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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     rand, srand, sranddev, rand_r -- bad random number generator

LIBRARY    [Toc]    [Back]

     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     #include <stdlib.h>

     srand(unsigned seed);



     rand_r(unsigned *ctx);

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     These interfaces are obsoleted by random(3).

     The rand() function computes a sequence of pseudo-random integers in the
     range of 0 to RAND_MAX (as defined by the header file <stdlib.h>).

     The srand() function sets its argument seed as the seed for a new
     sequence of pseudo-random numbers to be returned by rand().  These
     sequences are repeatable by calling srand() with the same seed value.

     If no seed value is provided, the functions are automatically seeded with
     a value of 1.

     The sranddev() function initializes a seed using the random(4) random
     number device which returns good random numbers, suitable for cryptographic

     The rand_r() function provides the same functionality as rand().  A
     pointer to the context value ctx must be supplied by the caller.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     random(3), random(4)

STANDARDS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The rand() and srand() functions conform to ISO/IEC 9899:1990
     (``ISO C89'').

     The rand_r() function is as proposed in the POSIX.4a Draft #6 document.

FreeBSD 5.2.1			 May 25, 1999			 FreeBSD 5.2.1
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