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<h2>Name</h2>
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<p>
    <span class="application">genrandom</span>
     &#8212; generate a file containing random data
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<h2>Synopsis</h2>
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    <div class="cmdsynopsis"><p>
      <code class="command">genrandom</code> 
       [<code class="option">-n <em class="replaceable"><code>number</code></em></code>]
       {<em class="replaceable"><code>size</code></em>}
       {<em class="replaceable"><code>filename</code></em>}
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<a name="id-1.14.33.7"></a><h2>DESCRIPTION</h2>
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      <span class="command"><strong>genrandom</strong></span>
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      generates a file or a set of files containing a specified quantity
      of pseudo-random data, which can be used as a source of entropy for
      other commands on systems with no random device.
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<a name="id-1.14.33.8"></a><h2>ARGUMENTS</h2>
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<dt><span class="term">-n <em class="replaceable"><code>number</code></em></span></dt>
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            In place of generating one file, generates <code class="option">number</code>
            (from 2 to 9) files, appending <code class="option">number</code> to the name.
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<dt><span class="term">size</span></dt>
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            The size of the file, in kilobytes, to generate.
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<dt><span class="term">filename</span></dt>
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            The file name into which random data should be written.
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        <span class="refentrytitle">rand</span>(3)
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        <span class="refentrytitle">arc4random</span>(3)
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