On Mon, Sep 18, 2006 at 07:45:07PM -0400, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> I would not use a 100% random number generator for a UUID value as was
> suggested. I prefer inserting the MAC address and the time, to at
> least allow me to control if a collision is possible. This is not easy
> to do using a few lines of C code. I'd rather have a UUID type in core
> with no generation routine, than no UUID type in core because the code
> is too complicated to maintain, or not portable enough.

As others have mentioned, using MAC address doesn't remove the
possibility of a collision.

Maybe a good compromise that would allow a generator function to go into
the backend would be to combine the current time with a random number.
That will ensure that you won't get a dupe, so long as your clock never
runs backwards.
Jim Nasby                                    [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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