Random Rationalized

I had a requirement to have random numbers generated in a C application.

#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>
int main()
{
  int i = 0;
  for (i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
    printf("Random number %d  =  %ld\n", i, random());
  }
  return 0;
}

I ran the code once and saw that random numbers were getting generated.

But to my surprise when I ran the code second time, I saw the same numbers getting printed.

What??? Does it mean random numbers are predictable? If so, why is it called random? Random and Predictable words literally contradicting each other.

But I remember using random.random ...

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