If you're going to yank it, please at least include a generator in

Personally, I'd like to see at least some kind of generator in core,
with appropriate info/disclaimers in the docs. A simple random-number
generator is probably the best way to go in that regard. I think that
most people know that UUID generation isn't 100.00000% perfect.

BTW, at a former company we used SHA1s to identify files that had been
uploaded. We were wondering on the odds of 2 different files hashing to
the same value and found some statistical comparisons of probabilities.
I don't recall the details, but the odds of duplicating a SHA1 (1 in
2^160) are so insanely small that it's hard to find anything in the
physical world that compares. To duplicate random 256^256 numbers you'd
probably have to search until the heat-death of the universe.

On Mon, Sep 18, 2006 at 05:14:22PM +0200, Gevik Babakhani wrote:
> Completely agreed. I can remove the function from the patch. The
> temptation was just too high not to include the new_guid() in the
> patch :)
> On Mon, 2006-09-18 at 10:33 -0400, Tom Lane wrote: 
> > Andreas Pflug <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > > Isn't guaranteed uniqueness the very attribute that's expected? AFAIK
> > > there's a commonly accepted algorithm providing this.
> > 
> > Anyone who thinks UUIDs are guaranteed unique has been drinking too much
> > of the kool-aid.  They're at best probably unique.  Some generator
> > algorithms might make it more probable than others, but you simply
> > cannot "guarantee" it for UUIDs generated on noncommunicating machines.
> > 
> > One of the big reasons that I'm hesitant to put a UUID generation
> > function into core is the knowledge that none of them are or can be
> > perfect ... so people might need different ones depending on local
> > conditions.  I'm inclined to think that a reasonable setup would put
> > the datatype (with input, output, comparison and indexing support)
> > into core, but provide a generation function as a contrib module,
> > making it easily replaceable.
> > 
> >                     regards, tom lane
> > 
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