uuidgen — create a new UUID value
The uuidgen program creates (and prints) a new universally unique identifier (UUID) using the libuuid(3) library. The new UUID can reasonably be considered unique among all UUIDs created on the local system, and among UUIDs created on other systems in the past and in the future.
There are two types of UUIDs which uuidgen can generate:
time-based UUIDs and random-based UUIDs. By default
generate a random-based UUID if a high-quality random number
generator is present. Otherwise, it will choose a time-based
UUID. It is possible to force the generation of one of these
two UUID types by using the
Generate a random-based UUID. This method creates a
UUID consisting mostly of random bits. It requires that
the operating system have a high quality random number
generator, such as
Generate a time-based UUID. This method creates a UUID based on the system clock plus the system's ethernet hardware address, if present.
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