Algorithm used by BigInteger prime generator?

D'Arcy Smith darcy at
Thu Apr 22 12:24:32 PDT 1999

> Quoth Per Bothner [mailto:bothner at]:
> > "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.

> His assumption was probably based on this constructor:

No my assumption was based on a conversation I had with
the original author a couple of years ago...

D'Arcy Smith
Sr. Software Engineer
Symantec Corp., Internet Tools Division 

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