[m-users.] The new random module(s)

Julien Fischer jfischer at opturion.com
Thu Sep 5 15:39:52 AEST 2019

Hi Mark,

On Thu, 5 Sep 2019, Mark Brown wrote:

> Hi Julian,
> On Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 2:57 PM Julian Fondren <jfondren at minimaltype.com> wrote:
>> On 2019-09-04 23:40, Julien Fischer wrote:
>>> Hi Julian,
>>> On Wed, 4 Sep 2019, Julian Fondren wrote:
>>>> One benefit to the new code is that you don't need to use the FFI (or
>>>> read from a random device) just to get a random seed.
>>> The intention here is that the stdlib will provide an interface to
>>> a random device on the system (/dev/random etc, whatever is appropriate
>>> for the underlying target language / platform).
>> oh... yeah. I assumed this was already happening with the new random
>> since it had a 'default seed', but that's actually a constant.
> Right. I should perhaps clarify the documentation in that regard.
> Since you are using this module, can I ask your opinion on how long to
> keep the old implementation around? Removing it will force people to
> update their code sooner, but will also free up the namespace so we
> can add a new version of random.permutation/4.

There should be no new version of random.permnututation/4.  The
replacement should be defined in the list module, just as the current
array version is defined in the array module.


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