# [NTG-pdftex] \random?

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Thu Jun 23 10:11:10 CEST 2005

```Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> Pawel Jackowski wrote:
>
>>
>>> How do you think? Taco?
>>
>>
>>
>> Sorry, I haven't asked the question precisely. What do you think about
>> random numbers available as a pdfTeX primitive?
>>
>
> It would be easy to port metafont's random code, but I'm not sure if
> that is random enough for your (it was state of the art, but that was
> a quarter of a century ago).  I'll create a change file to show
> you (hopefully today)

not random enough indeed (for fast runs); this is why i let an external app
generate the random number if it really needs to be random

Hans

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