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UUID(3) 				   Libuuid API					  UUID(3)

NAME
       uuid - DCE compatible Universally Unique Identifier library

SYNOPSIS
       #include <uuid/uuid.h>

DESCRIPTION
       The UUID library is used to generate unique identifiers for objects that may be accessible
       beyond the local system.  This library generates UUIDs compatible with  those  created  by
       the  Open  Software Foundation (OSF) Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) utility uuid-
       gen.

       The UUIDs generated by this library can be reasonably expected to be unique within a  sys-
       tem,  and unique across all systems.  They could be used, for instance, to generate unique
       HTTP cookies across multiple web servers without communication between  the  servers,  and
       without fear of a name clash.

CONFORMING TO
       OSF DCE 1.1

AUTHOR
       Theodore Y. Ts'o

AVAILABILITY
       libuuid	is  part  of  the  util-linux  package since version 2.15.1 and is available from
       ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.

SEE ALSO
       uuid_clear(3),	uuid_compare(3),   uuid_copy(3),    uuid_generate(3),	 uuid_is_null(3),
       uuid_parse(3), uuid_time(3), uuid_unparse(3)

util-linux				     May 2009					  UUID(3)
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