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Re: Default number of overwrites in shred

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: Re: Default number of overwrites in shred
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 16:42:28 +0000
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HggdH wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-01-26 at 10:20 +0000, Pádraig Brady wrote:
>> Pádraig Brady wrote:
>>> Thanks for performance testing, showing reading /dev/urandom is the 
>>> bottleneck.
>> It would be worth knowing what CPU you used for this test.
>> cheers,
>> Pádraig.
> An AMD64 Turion, 2 cores @ 2GHz. The disk interface is a SATA UDMA/133. 
> Please keep in mind I have not yet run a real performance test (multiple
> runs, multiple file sizes).

Yes cache may bias the results somewhat, though /dev/urandom is surprisingly 

$ dd bs=1M count=100 if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/null
100+0 records in
100+0 records out
104857600 bytes (105 MB) copied, 23.3218 seconds, 4.5 MB/s

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