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       pollinate - an Entropy-as-a-Service client


       pollinate     [-c|--curl-opts     CURL_OPTS]    [-d|--device    DEVICE]
       [-i|--insecure] [-n|--no-challenge] [-r|--reseed] [-s|--server  SERVER1
       [-s|--server SERVER2] ...]


       pollinate  is  an  entropy as a service client.  It will fetch a random
       seed from one or more remote servers, and feed those  into  a  (pseudo)
       random  number  generator.   This  is often useful in cloud and virtual
       machine environments with limited sources of entropy.


              rather than producing hex text sha512sum(1) output, convert each
              two hex digits into a byte of binary data

       -c|--curl-opts CURL_OPTS
              options to pass through to curl(1)

       -d|--device DEVICE
              device to seed (default is /dev/urandom); note, you can use - to
              print to stdout

              disable the challenge/response portion  of  the  protocol;  this
              enables  a  compatibility  mode  to speak to any entropy server,
              like or

              ignore SSL/TLS certificate errors (use of this option is  highly

       -p|--pool SERVER
              remote  pollen(8)  server pool to interact with; this option can
              be specified multiple times to interact with multiple servers in
              a pool

              by default, pollinate technically only needs to run successfully
              once ever; this option should be used if someone wants run  more
              than once, and re-seed the PRNG

       -s|--server SERVER
              remote  pollen(8)  server  to  interact  with; if this option is
              used, the pool is ignored, and only a single server is used

              test communications with the pollen(8) server;  note  that  this
              will NOT actually seed your PRNG, but only verify that the local
              client can communicate with the remote servers; note  that  this
              option forces DEVICE to stdout

              silence any log messages

       -w|--wait WAIT
              time  in  seconds you're willing to wait for a response from the




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