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Bash: generate file with N random integers

July 3, 2010

Here is an useful bash script that generates a number of random integers into a file. I use it every time I need to test or to measure the execution time of a function or an algorithm over integers (for example sorting algorithms):


#declare the random generation function
fun="od -vAn -N4 -tu4 < /dev/urandom"

#generate a number of integers
for i in {1..100}; do eval $fun >> temp.txt; done

#delete the empty lines
sed '/^$/d' temp.txt > temp1.txt

#delete the leading and trailing spaces
sed 's/^[ \t]*//;s/[ \t]*$//' temp1.txt > numbers.txt

#remove the temporaty files
rm -rf temp.txt temp1.txt
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