Idgen32 functions provide a facility to generate a stream of 32-bit numbers that are strongly unpredictable and have a repetition cycle close to 2^32. Such numbers are useful as protocol identifiers where there are negative consequences to reusing an ID within a short time period, as may happen if they are simply assigned at random.
Note that this function will never return 0 as it often has a special meaning in network protocols.
Require a compiler and the standard C library. arc4random on linux is needed (provided via libbsd-dev on ubuntu/debian)
If you want to run the tests you'll need to have the following dependencies installed:
require 'idgen32' Idgen32.instance.generate
Copyright (c) 2008 Vincent Hellot
Parts of the C extension are borrowed from the OpenBsd project. crypto/idgen.h crypto/idgen.c
Copyright (c) 2008 Damien Miller email@example.com
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IDGEN32: non-repeating ID generation covering an almost maximal 32 bit range. Based on public domain SKIP32 by Greg Rose.