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From "Sander Striker" <stri...@apache.org>
Subject RE: apr_generate_random_bytes() blocks forever
Date Wed, 16 Apr 2003 12:19:30 GMT
> From: Ben Laurie [mailto:ben@algroup.co.uk]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2003 2:11 PM

> Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> > He did give a very detailed overview of his proposed API, if you go
> > back read his original response.  The problem is that I haven't the
> > first idea of how to start implementing it.  And his API seems to
> 
> Well, I'll worry about how to implement it, but...
> 
> > focus on passing parameters that tweak the quality of the randomness,
> > but for Subversion, what really matters in the non-blocking aspect.
> 
> I'd really like to understand this - if you really don't care about
> quality of randomness, why aren't you using rand()? Or a fixed number?
> 
> What is the randomness used for?

It's used by apr-utils uuid generation code.

Sander

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