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NAME

       ipsec ranbits - generate random bits in ASCII form

SYNOPSIS

       ipsec ranbits [ --quick ] [ --continuous ] [ --bytes ] nbits

DESCRIPTION

       Ranbits  obtains  nbits  (rounded  up to the nearest byte) high-quality
       random bits from random(4), and emits them on  standard  output  as  an
       ASCII  string.   The  default  output  format  is  datatot(3) h format:
       lowercase hexadecimal with a 0x prefix and an underscore every 32 bits.

       The  --quick  option  produces  quick-and-dirty random bits: instead of
       using the high-quality random bits from  /dev/random,  which  may  take
       some  time to supply the necessary bits if nbits is large, ranbits uses
       /dev/urandom, which yields prompt results but lower-quality randomness.

       The  --continuous  option  uses  datatot(3) x output format, like h but
       without the underscores.

       The --bytes option causes nbits to  be  interpreted  as  a  byte  count
       rather than a bit count.

FILES

       /dev/random, /dev/urandom

SEE ALSO

       ipsec_datatot(3), random(4)

HISTORY

       Written  for  the  Linux FreeS/WAN project <http://www.freeswan.org> by
       Henry Spencer.

BUGS

       There is an internal limit on nbits, currently 20000.

       Without --quick, ranbits’s run time is difficult to predict.  A request
       for a large number of bits, at a time when the system’s entropy pool is
       low on randomness, may take quite a while to satisfy.

                                  22 Aug 2000                 IPSEC_RANBITS(8)