Subject: gnupg again
To: None <>
From: Emre Yildirim <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 07/25/2001 18:13:36

I posted this question a few weeks ago, regarding GnuPG not being able to generate keys
due to lack of random data.  I still don't know what to do.  Here is what I get:

[after entering in Name, Email, Comment etc]

Change (N)ame, (C)omment, (E)mail or (O)kay/(Q)uit? O
You need a Passphrase to protect your secret key.

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 300 more bytes)

After that, I just type random letters and numbers, and do other stuff, like start
randomprograms.  But it doesn't seem to help at all, it just hangs there.  First I thought
it wasgenerating the key, but after running 'top' I found out that it's doing nothing
(processorat 0.00% and idle).  I also tried unchecking the load-extension rnd* comments in the
~/.gnupg/options file.  Nothing seems to work.

I'm sure that at least one person here runs gpg.  Is anyone having the same problems?
What's the solution to this?

(I'm running NetBSD 1.5T, I have both, /dev/random and /dev/urandom, that both spit
out random data.  This was installed from the latest pkgsrc, gnupg version 1.0.6)

Thanks for any help