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In [[Unix]] and [[Unix-like]] [[operating systems]], '''/dev/random''' is a special file, which serves as a generator of [[random number]]s. This can be either a truly random number, generated from system noise such as [[device driver|device drivers]], or a pseudorandom number generator, in which the numbers are not truly random, but based on an algorithm which creates a diverse range of numbers.
 
In [[Unix]] and [[Unix-like]] [[operating systems]], '''/dev/random''' is a special file, which serves as a generator of [[random number]]s. This can be either a truly random number, generated from system noise such as [[device driver|device drivers]], or a pseudorandom number generator, in which the numbers are not truly random, but based on an algorithm which creates a diverse range of numbers.
  
 
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* [[dev-null|/dev/null]]
 
* [[dev-null|/dev/null]]

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Due to technical limitations, this article uses an unusual title. It should be called  /dev/random.

In Unix and Unix-like operating systems, /dev/random is a special file, which serves as a generator of random numbers. This can be either a truly random number, generated from system noise such as device drivers, or a pseudorandom number generator, in which the numbers are not truly random, but based on an algorithm which creates a diverse range of numbers.

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