[fwd] Problems on generating keys (from: alau@ssp1.com)

Werner Koch wk@gnupg.org
Thu, 24 Aug 2000 14:46:31 +0200


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----- Forwarded message from Alex  C T Lau <alau@ssp1.com> -----

Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 20:28:14 +0800
From: "Alex  C T Lau" <alau@ssp1.com>
To: <gnupg-users@gnupg.org>
Subject: Problems on generating keys
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I've just installed gnupg on a Linux 6.2 platform. When try generating a key pair, an error message results

Not enough random bytes available.  Please do some other work to give
the OS a chance to collect more entropy! (Need 20 more bytes)       

Can anyone advise what cause the problems?

Thanks in advance
Alex Lau

----- End forwarded message -----

Cryptography relies on real random bytes. It is not easy to generate them;
we do this by collecting events from the OS which are not fully
deterministic like interrupts from the disk drive or a network card or
mouse movement.  This takes a while.

Suggested action is to either move the mouse and hit on the keyboard (use
the shift and control keys to get no real output) or run a command like
"find /usr"


Werner Koch				GnuPG key:  621CC013
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