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(OP)
I need to get a series of random numbers which are alldifferant to each other, in a given range. However i need my script to return the same series of random numbers given the same information passed from a form.
Thanks

RE: random numbers

What kind of information is passed from the form?

Mike
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Mike_Lacey@Cargill.Com

RE: random numbers

(OP)
The form passes the day, month, year, a lucky number and a lucky word, so on a given day the user should be able to enter the same word and number and get the same random numbers.
Thanks

RE: random numbers

Ok. Look in the perlfunc man page for the srand function - this starts off the perl random number generator at a certain point.

Think of the date as a number like this: 19993108

and a word as a series of numbers - the ascii value of those characters - add all these values together.

Add the date number to the value you got from adding the ascii values of the lucky word (and your lucky number) and use that result to initialise (to "seed" - they call it) the random number generator.

That should give you a starting point.

Interesting. People normally want to know how make thier "random" series of numbers *truly* random - much more difficult.

Regards

Mike
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Mike_Lacey@Cargill.Com

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