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       drand48,  erand48, lrand48, nrand48, mrand48, jrand48, srand48, seed48,
       lcong48 - generate uniformly distributed pseudo-random numbers


       #include <stdlib.h>

       double drand48(void);

       double erand48(unsigned short xsubi[3]);

       long int lrand48(void);

       long int nrand48(unsigned short xsubi[3]);

       long int mrand48(void);

       long int jrand48(unsigned short xsubi[3]);

       void srand48(long int seedval);

       unsigned short *seed48(unsigned short seed16v[3]);

       void lcong48(unsigned short param[7]);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       All functions shown above: _SVID_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE


       These  functions  generate  pseudo-random  numbers  using  the   linear
       congruential algorithm and 48-bit integer arithmetic.

       The  drand48()  and  erand48()  functions  return  nonnegative  double-
       precision floating-point values  uniformly  distributed  between  [0.0,

       The  lrand48() and nrand48() functions return nonnegative long integers
       uniformly distributed between 0 and 2^31.

       The mrand48() and  jrand48()  functions  return  signed  long  integers
       uniformly distributed between -2^31 and 2^31.

       The  srand48(),  seed48()  and  lcong48()  functions are initialization
       functions, one of  which  should  be  called  before  using  drand48(),
       lrand48()   or  mrand48().   The  functions  erand48(),  nrand48()  and
       jrand48() do not require an initialization function to be called first.

       All the functions work by generating a sequence of 48-bit integers, Xi,
       according to the linear congruential formula:

              Xn+1 = (aXn + c) mod m, where n >= 0

       The  parameter  m = 2^48, hence 48-bit integer arithmetic is performed.
       Unless lcong48() is called, a and c are given by:

              a = 0x5DEECE66D
              c = 0xB

       The value returned  by  any  of  the  functions  drand48(),  erand48(),
       lrand48(),  nrand48(),  mrand48()  or  jrand48()  is  computed by first
       generating the next 48-bit Xi in the sequence.   Then  the  appropriate
       number  of  bits, according to the type of data item to be returned, is
       copied from the high-order bits of Xi and transformed into the returned

       The  functions drand48(), lrand48() and mrand48() store the last 48-bit
       Xi generated in an internal buffer.  The functions erand48(), nrand48()
       and  jrand48()  require  the calling program to provide storage for the
       successive Xi values in the array argument xsubi.   The  functions  are
       initialized  by  placing  the initial value of Xi into the array before
       calling the function for the first time.

       The initializer function srand48() sets the high order 32-bits of Xi to
       the  argument  seedval.  The low order 16-bits are set to the arbitrary
       value 0x330E.

       The initializer function seed48() sets the value of Xi  to  the  48-bit
       value  specified  in the array argument seed16v.  The previous value of
       Xi is copied into an internal buffer and a pointer to  this  buffer  is
       returned by seed48().

       The  initialization  function  lcong48()  allows  the  user  to specify
       initial values for Xi, a and c.   Array  argument  elements  param[0-2]
       specify  Xi,  param[3-5]  specify  a,  and param[6] specifies c.  After
       lcong48() has been called, a subsequent call  to  either  srand48()  or
       seed48() will restore the standard values of a and c.


       SVr4, POSIX.1-2001.


       These  functions  are  declared  obsolete  by SVID 3, which states that
       rand(3) should be used instead.


       rand(3), random(3)


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                                  2007-07-26                        DRAND48(3)