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- ns_rand - Generate a random number
- ns_rand ?maximum?
- This command generates a cryptographically secure random number. If maximum is not specified, the random number returned is a floating-point value n such that 0.0 <= n < 1.0. If maximum is specified, it must be a positive integer between 1 and 2147483647, in which case ns_rand will return an integer value n such that 0 <= n <= max - 1.
- Internally ns_rand is implemented with the drand48() and lrand48() standard library functions. An internal random seed is generated the first time ns_rand is called after the server starts.
% ns_rand 0.39938485692
% ns_rand 10 7
- [ns_rand 1] will always produce the result 0. [ns_rand 2] will produce the desired "coin flip" outcome of 0 or 1. This is standard with Java's java.util.Random implementation of nextInt and most other random number libraries.