utility by default generates a single DCE version 1
universally unique identifier (UUID),
also known as a globally unique identifier (GUID).
The UUID is written to stdout by default.
The following options can be used to change the behaviour of
This option only has effect if multiple identifiers are to be generated and
to not generate them in batch, but one at a time.
This option controls the number of identifiers generated.
By default, multiple identifiers are generated in batch.
The upper hard limit is 2048
Redirect output to
instead of stdout.
Batched generation yields a dense set of identifiers in such a way that there
is no identifier that is larger than the smallest identifier in the set and
smaller than the largest identifier in the set and that is not already in the
When generating the identifiers one at a time, the identifiers will be close
to each other, but operating system latency and processing time will be
reflected in the distance between two successive identifiers.