[Python-Dev] UUID module

Ka-Ping Yee python-dev at zesty.ca
Sat Jun 10 15:27:08 CEST 2006

On Sat, 10 Jun 2006, Mike Brown wrote:
> I have a couple of suggestions for improving that implementation:
> 1. You're currently using os.urandom, which can raise a NotImplementedError.
> You should be prepared to fall back on a different PRNG...

The latest version (http://zesty.ca/python/uuid.py) does this.

> 2. random.randrange is a method on a default random.Random instance that,
> although seeded by urandom (if available), may not be the user's preferred
> PRNG.  I recommend making it possible for the user to supply their own
> random.Random instance for use by the module.

I decided not to add more code to do this, because the UUID
constructor is now designed in such a way that it's very simple
to convert your own randomness into a UUID.  If you want to use
another source of randomness, you'd just get 16 random bytes and
then call UUID(bytes=random_stuff, version=4).

That seems simpler to me than adding an extra argument and
requiring a randrange() method on it.

-- ?!ng

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