Help! :(

Andy Coates
Tue, 16 May 2000 20:28:59 +0100


I've just installed GnuPGP and tried to make myself a new key.
When I do it gets to:

We need to generate a lot of random bytes. It is a good idea to perform
some other action (type on the keyboard, move the mouse, utilize the
disks) during the prime generation; this gives the random number
generator a better chance to gain enough entropy.

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

and then hangs. I do as it says, run a few programs, bash at the keyboard,
etc.. but it still just hangs there. I've left it for 10 minutes before
thinking something wasn't working.

I'm on FreeBSD 3.4-STABLE and using version 1.0.1

Anyone help me out here with what I've done wrong?

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