# SunOS 5.10(sunos section 3c)man page for seed48

```drand48(3C)						   Standard C Library Functions 					       drand48(3C)

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

SYNOPSIS
#include <stdlib.h>

double drand48(void);

double erand48(unsigned short xi[3] );

long lrand48(void);

long nrand48(unsigned short xi[3] );

long mrand48(void);

long jrand48(unsigned short xi[3] );

void srand48(long seedval);

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

void lcong48(unsigned short param[7] );

DESCRIPTION
This family of functions generates pseudo-random numbers using the well-known linear congruential algorithm and 48-bit integer arithmetic.

Functions  drand48() and erand48() return non-negative double-precision floating-point values uniformly distributed over the interval [0.0,
1.0).

Functions lrand48() and nrand48() return non-negative long integers uniformly distributed over the interval [0, 2**31].

Functions mrand48() and jrand48() return signed long integers uniformly distributed over the interval [-2**31 , 2**31 ].

Functions srand48(), seed48(), and lcong48() are initialization entry points, one of which  should  be  invoked	before	either	drand48(),
lrand48(), or mrand48() is called. (Although it is not recommended practice, constant default initializer values will be supplied automati-
cally if drand48(), lrand48(), or mrand48() is called without a	prior  call  to  an  initialization  entry  point.)  Functions	erand48(),
nrand48(), and jrand48() do not require an initialization entry point to be called first.

All the routines work by generating a sequence of 48-bit integer values, Xi , according to the linear congruential formula

X n+1= (aX n+c)	mod m n>=0.

The  parameter  m  =  2**48; hence 48-bit integer arithmetic is performed. Unless lcong48() has been invoked, the multiplier value aand the
addend value care given by

a = 5DEECE66D16 = 2736731631558

c = B16 = 138 .

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

The functions drand48(), lrand48(), and mrand48() store the last 48-bit Xi generated in an internal buffer. Xi must be initialized prior to
being  invoked. The functions erand48(), nrand48(), and jrand48() require the calling program to provide storage for the successive Xi val-
ues in the array specified as an argument when the functions are invoked. These routines do not have to be initialized; the calling program
must  place  the  desired initial value of Xi into the array and pass it as an argument. By using different arguments, functions erand48(),
nrand48(), and jrand48() allow separate modules of a large program to generate several independent streams of pseudo-random  numbers,  that
is,  the  sequence  of numbers in each stream will not depend upon how many times the routines have been called to generate numbers for the
other streams.

The initializer function srand48() sets the high-order 32 bits of Xi to the 32 bits contained in its argument. The low-order 16 bits of	Xi
are set to the arbitrary value 330E16 .

The initializer function seed48() sets the value of Xi to the 48-bit value specified in the argument array. In addition, the previous value
of Xi is copied into a 48-bit internal buffer, used only by seed48(), and a pointer to this buffer is the value returned by seed48().  This
returned pointer, which can just be ignored if not needed, is useful if a program is to be restarted from a given point at some future time
-- use the pointer to get at and store the last Xi value, and then use this value to  reinitialize  using  seed48()  when  the  program	is
restarted.

The  initialization  function  lcong48() allows the user to specify the initial Xi the multiplier value a, and the addend value c. Argument
array elements param[0-2] specify Xi, param[3-5] specify the multiplier a, and param[6] specifies the 16-bit addend c. After lcong48()  has
been  called, a subsequent call to either srand48() or seed48() will restore the ``standard'' multiplier and addend values, a and c, speci-
fied above.

ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

+-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
|      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
+-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
|Interface Stability	     |Standard			   |
+-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
|MT-Level		     |Safe			   |
+-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

SEE ALSO
rand(3C), attributes(5), standards(5)

SunOS 5.10							    24 Jul 2002 						       drand48(3C)```