ANN: 1.0.2 -- Configurable unique ID generation

Erik Max Francis
Wed, 19 May 2004 19:14:30 -0700


    Configurable unique ID generation.


    Provided is an implementation of a "unique" ID (UID) generator in
    Python.  The implementation does not follow UUID or GUID
    standards, but rather uses available system, host, user, shell
    environment, process, and other ephemeral information fed into a
    hasher (by default MD5) to generate the UID.

    The system is designed to be used both as a standalone application
    and as a module.  The data used to be fed into the hash, as well
    as the hashing mechanism itself, can be overridden both through
    the command line and programmatically by importing the module.

Getting the software

    The current version of uid is 1.0.2.

    The latest version of the software is available in a tarball here:

    The official URL for this Web site is

Requirements is intended to be used under UNIX and UNIX-like systems in
    Python 2.x.


    This code is released under the GPL.

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