random man page

random — random lines from a file or random numbers


random [-er] [denominator]


random reads lines from the standard input and copies them to the standard output with a probability of 1/denominator. The default value for denominator is 2.

The options are as follows:


If the -e option is specified, random does not read or write anything, and simply exits with a random exit value of 0 to denominator-1, inclusive.


The -r option guarantees that the output is unbuffered.

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March 31, 1994