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Configurable unique ID generation.

Provided is an implementation of a "unique" ID generator in Python. The implementation does not follow UUID or GUID standards, but rather uses available system, host, user, shell environment, process, and other ephemeral information fed into a hasher (by default MD5) to generate the ID. The system is designed to be used both as a standalone application and as a module. The data used to be fed into the hash, as well as the hashing mechanism itself, can be overridden both through the command line and programmatically by importing the module.



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Kelly Hopkins

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1 May 2009

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Erik Max Francis Maintainer

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Perl (Ref)https://metacpan.org/release/UID

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 29 March 2018.


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