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Re: Random strings

From: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
To: Joe Conway <joseph(dot)conway(at)home(dot)com>
Cc: "Dr(dot) Evil" <drevil(at)sidereal(dot)kz>, <pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Random strings
Date: 2001-08-09 15:35:13
Message-ID: Pine.LNX.4.30.0108091733450.698-100000@peter.localdomain (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-generalpgsql-patches
Joe Conway writes:

> seconds). The same test with /dev/urandom returns instantly. Perhaps there
> should be an option to use either. For instances where only a few truly
> random bytes is needed (i.e. one session key), use /dev/random. When you
> need many random bytes quickly, use /dev/urandom?

Not sure if this is intuitive.  How many bytes is "a few"?  Maybe just be
honest about it and name them randomstr and urandomstr or such.

Peter Eisentraut   peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net

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