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NAME

       pollinate - an Entropy-as-a-Service client

SYNOPSIS

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

DESCRIPTION

       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.

OPTIONS

       -b|--binary
              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

       -n|--no-challenge
              disable the challenge/response portion  of  the  protocol;  this
              enables  a  compatibility  mode  to speak to any entropy server,
              like random.org or news.google.com

       -i|--insecure
              ignore SSL/TLS certificate errors (use of this option is  highly
              discouraged)

       -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

       -r|--reseed
              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

       -t|--testing
              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

       -q|--quiet
              silence any log messages

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

SEE ALSO

       pollen(8)

AUTHOR

       This  manpage  and  the  utility  were  written  by   Dustin   Kirkland
       <kirkland@ubuntu.com>  for  Ubuntu systems (but may be used by others).
       Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify  this  document
       under  the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 3 published
       by the Free Software Foundation.

       On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public  License
       can  be  found  in  /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL,  or  on  the web at
       http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.txt.