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Re: [Bug-apl] An inventory of entropy

From: Dr . Jürgen Sauermann
Subject: Re: [Bug-apl] An inventory of entropy
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 16:52:41 +0200
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Hi Bill,

yes. But a better name would be good ("rl" isn;t too descriptive).
If I understand it correctly then the function reads a 4-byte random number
from /dev/random.

On a second thought, wouldn't it be even better to make a separate ⎕FIO entry?
Such as

    random ← ⎕FIO[60] ?

It could then be included in the ⎕FIO help (and in apl.info) and one could use
it without the need for )COPY rl?

Best Regards,

On 6/21/19 3:46 PM, Bill Daly wrote:
I read the man page on /dev/random; I wrote this package.

Can this function to seed quad-rl become part of gnu-apl?

I'm still struggling with how entropy, the tendency of the universe toward disorder, be inventoried?


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