That came out a bit confused, it's actually two questions, the call to od
-vAn -N8 -tu8 /dev/urandom should eliminate the trap of not generating a
random seed?

And then I hope rand generates a sequence with a very big period.

Put together I should have truly random situation in the sense that I avoid
flaw #3 and #4 as described here: or?

On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM, Henrik Sarvell <> wrote:

> If I use od -vAn -N8 -tu8 /dev/urandom to generate a really, really big
> truly random number and then use that number with seed, then subsequent
> calls to rand should generate a sequence with a very very big period.
> Are those correct assumptions?

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