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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 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

              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 server




       This manpage and the utility were written by  Dustin  Kirkland  <>  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