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Re: ITP: 1-mb-random-data -- one megabyte of pseudo-random data

Scripsit Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>

>   Description     : one megabyte of pseudo-random data

> I intend to dd if=3D/dev/urandom of=3Ddebian/tmp/usr/lib/1-mb-random-data

Please, please, no! /dev/urandom does not reliably deliver
pseudo-random data. There is a chance that fresh entropy will arrive
in the middle of the computation and mess up with the pseudoness. This
may happen at a buildd even if the package you build yourself does
seem to be pseudo. How you you imagine fixing that? Or even discover
that something has gone wrong?

The mere fact that you make this suggestion without sufficiently
researching the subject matter clearly shows that you're inherently
unable to create Debian packages reliably.

Henning Makholm                                           "Check the sprog."

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