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Not enough random bytes available. Please do some other work to give the OS a chance to collect more entropy! (Need 283 more bytes)

When working to create a GPG key to sign some RPM packages I was building I ran into a message I had never seen before. I was building the RPM packages on an older server with not a lot of power which I am assuming contributed to my issue. The error is noted below but basically means you need to generate a lot of random bytes which are used to create a unique key. Within the error it states that the computer needs to collect more entropy so below I explain the error in more detail, what entropy means, why more entropy is needed, and how to generate as much as possible in a short amount of time to finish generating the GPG key.

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Add a SSH Key to Your Github Account for a Linux Server

Adding an SSH key to your github.com account for a Linux server is easy. I did notice that it appeared I was doing something incorrectly but the issue was actually with Internet Explorer and once I switched to Firefox everything went smoothly.

  1. Open¬†GitHub Account Settings: Open github.com in a browser and login. Click “account” in the top right corner.
    **NOTE** Make sure to use a browser other than IE. Firefox works just fine but IE will not open the area to add a new SSH key.