Wolfgang S. Rupprecht
wolfgang.rupprecht at gmail.com
Sun Aug 22 07:47:30 UTC 2010
Thomas Cameron <thomas.cameron at camerontech.com> writes:
> I've always heard that you can get faster random numbers by generating a
> lot of interrupts. I usually do something like run
> /etc/cron.daily/mlocate to generate a lot of disk activity.
I noticed that things speed up quite a bit if I move the mouse in
circles for 10 minutes. The Linux kernel sure makes me work for my
random numbers. ;-)
> And, as I said earlier, depending on how random you want your numbers to
> be, you might consider using /dev/urandom, which is a pseudo-random
> number generator and is a lot faster than /dev/random.
I'm a bit wary of urandom since it will cut down on the search space for
my key. If I need to wait a few days for my 28 keys to be crunched, I'd
rather just wait.
Wolfgang S. Rupprecht http://www.wsrcc.com/wolfgang/ (IPv6-only)
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