Skip to main content

Not enough random bytes

I got a particularly entertaining error message while using the GPG key gen over ssh. 
Not enough random bytes available.  Please do some other work to give
the OS a chance to collect more entropy! (Need 284 more bytes)
I found a way to watch the entropy generated. I tried some strategies like downloading, compiling cating large files, listing recursively the home,  but the entry number kept "getting eaten." The highest I got it to was 50. 
watch cat /proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail
After deciding that I might as well list the entire root, which is 2 terabytes, I made progress.

Not enough random bytes available.  Please do some other work to give
the OS a chance to collect more entropy! (Need 92 more bytes)
+++++

Not enough random bytes available.  Please do some other work to give
the OS a chance to collect more entropy! (Need 115 more bytes)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

10.6.8 update spells Joy for Minimacs everywhere

If, after updating to 10.6.8 you get into a reboot loop, never fear the update is the same as every other update, except there is a step involving replacing the kernel.

This is very easy to do if you either (a) download it and save it on your Minimac before you update to 10.6.8, or (b) you have a mac formated USB key that you can copy it onto after your Minimac starts looping.

Here is the super-condensed minimal effort path to get you into Minimac heaven... (no not a dead Minimac, a running one), at least until Lion comes out.

On another computer (preferably a Mac or Ubuntu)
Download the legacy kernel[mirror]Put it on a Mac formated USB key * On the Reboot Looping Minimac
Hold down Shift as you bootAt the boot loader screen type (once you start typing it will apear in black letters on the bottom of the screen)  recovery=yes, -x Once it has finished loading, plug in the USB keyCopy the legacy_kernel-10.6.8.bz2 to your MinimacDouble click on it to unzip itMove the legacy_kernel-10.6.8 to …

English Noun Incorporation?

I was at a talk today with some Ojibwe data where invariably the claim that "English doesn't have incorporation" or at least incorporation of objects came up. We have "vacume clean" but generally we only incorporate the instrument. I remember a similar discussion coming up a few years ago in 2007 and I asked myself about apple picking. My colucators said, sure, but you can't say apple pick right? I thought about it a bit and came up with a linear string of words that might get google results. I remember I searched for "we apple picked" and found a few results, indicating to me that some people say it, generally when discussing their weekends. So, having my Android with me at the talk I googled again. This time I found a lot more examples than before, 394 to be exact, all of the first page clear examples with native speakers, speaking naturally.

I've heard this claim can be traced back to Baker 1988. When I got home I googled the claim "…