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Re: [MIT-Scheme-devel] feature request

From: Taylor R Campbell
Subject: Re: [MIT-Scheme-devel] feature request
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 14:02:46 -0400
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   Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 17:38:03 +0000
   From: "naruto canada" <address@hidden>

   May I request a feature that would work like "date +%s%N", ie a finer
   time function then the current  "(get-universal-time)".

`%s' in strftime(3) [and date(1)] means the number of seconds since
the epoch.  If you want this value, you can subtract the epoch, in the
variable named EPOCH, from the value returned by GET-UNIVERSAL-TIME.

What does %N mean?  It's not a standard strftime(3) format.

   This is for gen-sym that would work in multiple processes on the
   same machine to ensure absolute unique symbols.

Why don't you just generate, say, 128 random bits?

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