why did cat /dev/urandom send my printer insane ?
for testing purposes i needed a large file,
so i thought i could use
cat /dev/urandom > bigFile
to generate a big random file.
out of curiocity i typed cat /dev/urandom to see what came out...
as expected the screen filled with random characters, then after a few seconds...
what should have been standard console output caused my printer to wake up, and print half a page of random characters...
and if this standard output can "get lost" and end up in the printer..
(my sound output made a slight noise too)
should i be worried that it could have found its way also to my ppp0 and damaged my downloads ???
im using redhat 9.