19608, "vasslitvinov", "Random's default seed generator naming and implementation", "2022-04-05T20:13:07Z"
We have decided to provide the default seed generator as a public function in the Random module.
Should it be a standalone function or a type method? We are leaning to a standalone function.
What to name this function? Some ideas:
- defaultSeed() - con: does not sound like it will vary (which it should)
- Random.seed() - NB Python's random.seed() does something else
For the implementation, we have decided to switch from time-of-day to a hardware or OS source, akin to
/dev/urandom or Python's os.urandom. This is tracked in #12540.
For now, we are not committing to a particular implementation of this function as part of its public interface/documentation.