[chuck-users] easy random numbers

Scott Wheeler wheeler at kde.org
Wed Nov 21 15:15:19 EST 2007

jakob kaiser wrote:
> > Uhm, I still don't get it. I tried your example on two platforms
> > yesterday (Mac and Windows -- my Linux machine is 64-bit) and the
> > numbers are random -- with the exception of the first one
> Strange, On my windowsXP system I get excatly the same numbers every 
> time I start the code:
> 51 :(int)
> 585 :(int)
> 233 :(int)
> 819 :(int)
> 606 :(int)
> 506 :(int)
> ...and infinitely more numbers
> This relationship between the numbers seems randomly enough, but 51 is 
> always the first, 585 is always the second one, and so on. Therefor it 
> does not seem to use the system time. (At least not with my version, 
> but I am using the latest precompiled one for windows)

I found the pattern -- I was using "--silent" on Windows.  Windows seems 
to use the number of milliseconds since the program started running in 
its computation of rand().  If you remove the 1::second => now from the 
loop the numbers are in fact random.  Effectively using --silent did 
that to my runs (since durations aren't respected then).  All of the 
different durations that I tried in your loop seem to produce a 
different, repeated sequence.


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