Bill Jonas on Wed, 10 Jan 2001 21:37:40 -0500

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Re: [PLUG] copying harddisks

On Wed, Jan 10, 2001 at 05:55:33PM -0800, Alex Barylo wrote:
> This is what happened to me when I was trying to generate
> 650 gpg key pairs. I mean the blocking part, not the
> 12-13 hours one :) Anyway, I got enough enthropy once I
> put this in the beginning of the script:
>   /bin/cp -rf /usr/local ./__LOAD_ME__ &

Neat!  Come to think of it, gpg will tell you while it's generating the
keys to bang on the keyboard, move the mouse, use the disks, etc.  Nice
idea you had there.  :)

I should note that after the 12-13 hours I mentioned previously, wipe was
nowhere *near* done.  (It tells you what pass it's on and all.)  I finally
gave up on it and thought, "Oh well, that's probably good enough."  Then I
rm -rf'd things and filled up the disk with a file created from the
contents of /dev/zero.  Oh well.  It's not as though the data was
sensitive, and the person I was handing the machine over to wasn't likely
to send the drives off to a data recovery house.

Bill Jonas                | "In contrast to the What You See Is What You        |  Get (WYSIWYG) philosophy, UNIX is the You |  Asked For It, You Got It operating system."    |  --Scott Lee, as quoted by Lamb and Robbins

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