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Re: sort --random-sort

From: Frederik Eaton
Subject: Re: sort --random-sort
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 10:34:50 +0000
User-agent: mutt-ng/devel-r472 (Debian)

On Tue, Nov 29, 2005 at 07:31:45AM +0100, Jim Meyering wrote:
> Frederik Eaton <address@hidden> wrote:
> >> Maybe we need an option to trade off speed for quality,
> >> if it makes such a big difference.
> >
> > Hmm. Maybe there will be a difference. Well, why don't I make
> > ISAAC_LOG or ISAAC_WORDS part of isaac_state so that shred and sort
> > can use different values? I don't think it will be important for
> > 'sort' to use a very strong hash, since crackers only have the order
> > of the hash values to go by, and not the values themselves.
> This seems like a very good point.
> How about having this in rand-isaac.h:
> #ifndef ISAAC_LOG
> # define ISAAC_LOG 8
> #endif
> then define ISAAC_LOG to 3 just before including it from sort.c?

Then I would also have to include rand-isaac.c in sort.c, since
rand-isaac.c itself includes rand-isaac.h, and is normally compiled
separately. What's wrong with making it a parameter of the state


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