hash() algorithm

Kristofer Pettijohn kristofer at cybernetik.net
Wed Jul 21 22:24:24 CEST 2004

Beno?t Dejean <bnet at ifrance.com> wrote:
> hi. Is the hash() algorithm standard ? Does hash(some_string) will always
> return the same hash code on every arch ?
> i need to use a ~checksum function, like md5, but i was also thinking
> about hash() which is obviously simpler. So i can safely rely on hash()
> behaviour so i can use it to generate ~strong and portable
> identifier/checksum ?

I'm not an expert, but I believe so.  I just tried three machines:

OS X 10.4: (Python 2.3)
>>> hash('test')

Solaris: (Python 1.6)
>>> hash('test')

FreeBSD 5.2.1: (Python 2.3)
>>> hash('test')

> thank you

Kristofer Pettijohn
kristofer at cybernetik.net

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