View Full Version : Why is /dev/random & GMPBBS so slow on Fedora 5?

Mr. Sulu
25th May 2006, 10:52 AM
I've been running GMPBBS (a pseudo random number app) and using
/dev/random on a number of distro's without any problems
- but both of these run EXTREMELY slowly on Fedora 5.
What could be the problem?

25th May 2006, 11:47 AM
I was following a how-to about encrypting a hard drive and it necessitated filling the hard drive with random data first. It said If I used /dev/random as the random number source, it wold take approx 1 year per GB!!! The howto suggested /dev/urandom which is still meant to be highly random but very very much quicker - perhaps you could try that?