Algorithm used by BigInteger prime generator?

Per Bothner bothner at
Thu Apr 22 11:01:38 PDT 1999

"D'Arcy Smith" <darcy at> writes:
> [crypto] is what [BigInteger] is was written for in the first place
> apparently...

I had the (unsubstantiated) impression was that it was written for
JDBC (i.e. a needed SQL data type).  Certainly, I can't imagine
BigDecimal being useful for crypto, but big decimal integers
(at least 18 digits) are needed for database applications.

	--Per Bothner
Cygnus Solutions     bothner at

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