[Haskell-cafe] setting seed for random numbers

Larry E. larrye2000 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 3 12:46:30 EST 2010

I want to set a random seed for a random number generator. I tried
getSeed = do
       time <- getClockTime
       return (ctPicosec (toUTCTime time))

seed  <-  getSeed
randList minval maxval = randomRs (minval,maxval) (mkStdGen seed)

But I get the error:     parse error on input `<-' which refers to

Using "seed<-getSeed"  from the  ghci command line works. Why doesn't
it work in a

THe second problem is the seed is of type Integer but mkStdGen wants
an Int. How can I get an Int from an Integer? I tried mod to get the
seed to within range for an int but the result is still of type
Integer how can I coerce Integer to Int when I know result will fit?


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