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Aahz Maruch aahz at panix.com
Sun Aug 12 02:39:03 CEST 2001


In article <jH0d7.154776$%a.6729348 at news1.rdc1.sdca.home.com>,
Mark McEahern <marklists at mceahern.com> wrote:
>
>Has anybody implemented a platform neutral way of generating unique ids (ala
>the COM guid) in Python?

There isn't and can't be one.  Part of the GUID spec is that you're
supposed to use the MAC address of a machine's networking card.  There
are all kinds of ways one could make GUID-like objects, particularly if
you could restrict the "global" to a single machine -- but it's not the
same thing.  (And before anyone asks: no, IP address is *NOT*
sufficient.)
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