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I have some problems with generating random numbers
with C++ on UNIX (GNU).
-  srand, rand        : the numbers are always the same.
-  srand48, drand48   : not a success with me!
Do you know more about it ?
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LucHoltkamp earned 40 total points
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rand is a PSEUDO-random generator and you should call srand to initialize the random generator.

I can think of two things that go wrong:
2) You call srand always with the same number. Try to use:
srand((unsigned)time());

1) You call srand before EVERY call to rand. That way the random number generator is initialised every time (with the same number if you use time(), and there is a short interval between every call).
Try to call srand only once, at the start of your program:
srand((unsigned)time());

Hope that helps, Luc
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