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Bug #7492 array_rand function not random
Submitted: 2000-10-27 09:29 UTC Modified: 2000-10-28 00:35 UTC
From: tim at spyderweb dot com dot au Assigned:
Status: Closed Package: Arrays related
PHP Version: 4.0.2 OS: Linux (RedHat 6.2)
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2000-10-27 09:29 UTC] tim at spyderweb dot com dot au
<!--  short reproducible error script
srand ((double) microtime() * 10000000);
$count = sizeof($files);
$rand_keys = array_rand ($files, $count);
reset ($files);
while (list ($key, $val) = each ($rand_keys)) {
  echo "$key -> $val<br>\n";

The nature of the bug is in tryign to create a random distribution of the entire array.  The function works perfectly provided the second parameter to the array_rand function is less than the total number of elements.  If the second parameter is equal to the total number of elements i nthe array, then the result of array_rand is identical to the initial array.


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 [2000-10-28 00:35 UTC]
Fixed in CVS - thanks.
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