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    SubjectRe: /dev/one - why not /dev/repeat?
    Hi all.

    >>> There are several reasons, and I for one could have used it many
    >>> times. The biggest reason of all is speed.

    >> That's legitimate, if you have an application that really would be
    >> substantially faster with a /dev/random. What is this app, and can
    >> you show benchmarks?

    > If it was limited to a *specific* application, it would not warrent
    > being placed it the kernel.

    > One use would be for low level file (device) acesss as mentioned in
    > the 'wipe' thread. Compounding two pipes, to strip 4,000,000,000
    > line feeds, from using the 'yes' | 'tr' is slow and sloppy. It also
    > assumes both commands are actually available.

    What's wrong with the following C code being run as a usermode
    program?

    #include <stdio.h>
    void main(int argc,char *argv[]) {
    unsigned int N;
    while (1)
    for (N=1; N<argc; N++)
    vfprintf( "%s ", argv[N] );
    }

    Save that as wildecho.c and compile it, then do...

    wildecho This is a test > /tmp/stupidity

    ...and watch your /tmp partition fill up with a single line file...

    Best wishes from Riley.


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