bin/15205: [patch] Addition to random(6)

Oliver Fromme olli at
Tue Aug 10 10:10:05 UTC 2010

The following reply was made to PR bin/15205; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Oliver Fromme <olli at>
To: freebsd-bugs at FreeBSD.ORG, bug-followup at FreeBSD.ORG,
        Alexander Best <arundel at FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject: Re: bin/15205: [patch] Addition to random(6)
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 12:00:22 +0200 (CEST)

 Alexander Best <arundel at> wrote:
  >  could you provide an example how to reproduce the same output
  > (ls /bin | random -s 8) with an unpatched copy of ranom?
 It's random, so it cannot be reproduced.  ;-)
 But seriously ...  If you want random 4 lines out of 32
 (or out of any number, for that matter), the following
 command will do it:
 $ ls /bin | random -f - | head -4
 I agree that this PR can be closed.
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