Created: 2011-07-07 05:32
Updated: 2013-12-09 17:49
License: apache-2.0



Installs rng-tools and starts the service.


Tested on Ubuntu 10.04 and Red Hat 6.3.


  • node['rng_tools']['device'] - the device to use for random data. default /dev/urandom


The rng-tools.default template will use the device in the attribute. This is a non-default value because in a default installation of the rng-tools, the rng-tools service fails to start because the actual default device, /dev/hwrng (Ubuntu) or /dev/hwrandom (RHEL) doesn't always exist.

License and Author

Author:: Joshua Timberman (cookbooks@housepub.org), Brian Flad (bflad417@gmail.com)

Copyright 2012, Joshua Timberman, Brian Flad

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at


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