[PATCH] random: range is not portably RAND_MAX [BZ #7003]

John Marshall John.W.Marshall@glasgow.ac.uk
Tue Jun 9 16:08:45 GMT 2020


On other platforms, RAND_MAX (which is the range of rand(3))
may differ from 2^31-1 (which is the range of random(3)).
---

The fix applied for BZ #7003 made a similar change to manual/math.texi
but this comment was neglected. I am not FSF copyright assigned, but I
imagine this change is trivial enough not to need it.

Cheers,

    John


 stdlib/stdlib.h | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/stdlib/stdlib.h b/stdlib/stdlib.h
index f971df4247..fb06bb9ac1 100644
--- a/stdlib/stdlib.h
+++ b/stdlib/stdlib.h
@@ -397,7 +397,7 @@ extern long int a64l (const char *__s)
    `initstate' and `setstate' functions are those from BSD Unices.
    The `rand' and `srand' functions are required by the ANSI standard.
    We provide both interfaces to the same random number generator.  */
-/* Return a random long integer between 0 and RAND_MAX inclusive.  */
+/* Return a random long integer in [0,2^31).  */
 extern long int random (void) __THROW;
 
 /* Seed the random number generator with the given number.  */
-- 
2.27.0



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