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Author: Alessandro Selli
To: dng
Subject: Re: [DNG] new freedesktop "standard": /etc/machine-id
On 08/03/19 at 18:38, Arnt Karlsen wrote:
> ..my /etc/cron.d/machine-id:
> PATH=/bin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/usr/sbin
> # ..a new /etc/machine-id every minute... ;o)
> * * * * * root date |md5sum |cut -d" " -f-1 >/etc/machine-id |tee
> >/dev/null 2>&1

  What is tee doing there?

  It duplicates it's standard input to each of the files it sees as
parameters, and it has none.

  Plus, it emits it's standard input to it's standard output, which gets

  What is the purpose of doing this?

  I'd just do this instead:

echo $RANDOM | md5sum | cut -c 1-32 > /etc/machine-id

or maybe:

dd count=1 if=/dev/urandom 2> /dev/null | md5sum | cut -c 1-32 >

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