blocking entropy device, serial console?

Don Bowman don at
Fri May 28 22:03:16 PDT 2004

I must confess i find this kind of humourous...
I'd just booted the system, in single user mode.
I have just a serial console.

This message popped out when i tried to run vi /etc/fstab:
Entropy device is blocking. Dance fandango on keyboard to unblock.

catch is, i'm stuck now... the vi process is blocked
(load: 0.28  cmd: vi 167 [block] 0.00u 0.01s 0% 1256k)
i can't ^C or anything.
suggestions on what this might be?
is this normal? I've never seen this before?

I tried hitting keys on the serial for a while, but nothing


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