(PHP 3, PHP 4, PHP 5)

srand -- Seed the random number generator


void srand ( [int seed] )

Seeds the random number generator with seed. Since PHP 4.2.0, the seed becomes optional and defaults to a random value if omitted.

Example 1. srand() example

// seed with microseconds
function make_seed()
$usec, $sec) = explode(' ', microtime());
    return (float)
$sec + ((float) $usec * 100000);
$randval = rand();

Note: As of PHP 4.2.0, there is no need to seed the random number generator with srand() or mt_srand() as this is now done automatically.

See also: rand(), getrandmax(), and mt_srand().

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