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       reseed  -  seeds  urandom  with  a  truly  random  seed  retrieved from




       This manual page documents briefly the  reseed  command.   This  manual
       page  was  written  for  the  Debian  distribution because the original
       program does not have a manual page.

       reseed is a perl script that retrieves a truly  random  seed  from  the
       Internet  (  and  uses  it to reseed the linux random number

       It is run once during the installation of  the  package  only,  as  the
       entropy  pool  is  saved  between  reboots  by  the /etc/init.d/urandom
       script.  You must shut down cleanly after reseeding the  random  number
       generator so as the new entropy pool is saved correctly.


       This manual page was written by Sam Johnston <>, for the
       Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

                               December 16, 2002