Random numbers with Ruby

ruby -e "puts (1..20).map {rand(10 ** 10).to_s.rjust(10,'0')}"
There's been a few times I've needed to create random numbers. Although I've done so in PERL, I've found Ruby is actually faster. This script generates 20 random "10" digit number NOT A RANDOM NUMBER. Replace 20 (1..20) with the amount of random numbers you need generated
Sample Output
-bash2-2.05b$ uname -sr
FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE-p14
-bash2-2.05b$ ruby -e "puts (1..20).map {rand(10 ** 10).to_s.rjust(10,'0')}"

By: sil
2009-05-27 19:52:53

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What Others Think

Even faster echo $RANDOM
rhythmx · 473 weeks and 3 days ago
Apparently you need to learn to read. This generates a random 10 digit character not a random number
sil · 473 weeks and 3 days ago
cat /dev/urandom | hexdump -d | awk '{ print $2$3}' | head -n20 the ruby is still faster ... cheers for choosing ruby
copremesis · 473 weeks and 2 days ago

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