Re: BUG in 2.4.0: dd if=/dev/random of=out.txt bs=10000 count=100

Rob Landley (
Fri, 12 Jan 2001 21:28:09 -0800 (PST)

--- David Ford <> wrote:
> Rob Landley wrote:
> > If I do the dd line in the title under 2.4.0 I get
> an
> > out.txt file of 591 bytes.
> It isn't broken, you have no more entropy. You must
> have some system
> activity of various sorts before you regain some
> entropy. Moving the mouse
> around, hitting keys, etc, will slowly add more
> entropy.
> -d

I'd wondered what urandom was for. Thanks.


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