On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 04:18:18PM +0100, Greg Stark wrote:
> Which isn't to say they're a bad idea but like everything else in
> engineering there are tradeoffs and no such thing as a free lunch.
> You can avoid depleting the entropy pool by including data you expect
> to be unique as a kind of fake entropy -- which quickly gets you back
> to looking for things like MAC address to avoid duplicates across
> systems.

ISTM you could use the database identifier we already have to at least
produce "UUID"s which are unique amongst PostgreSQL instances. That
might be something worth aiming for?

Have a nice day,
Martijn van Oosterhout   <klep...@svana.org>   http://svana.org/kleptog/
> He who writes carelessly confesses thereby at the very outset that he does
> not attach much importance to his own thoughts.
   -- Arthur Schopenhauer

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