rand.c by Erik Greenwald (C) 1998-2000 this software is released under the GPL !!WARNING!! this software is NOT PROTECTED BY WARRENTY. This program will take a file, input stream, or list of 'words' and repeat them in a random order to the given output file or stdout. Kinda the opposite of sort... rand [-lwvh] [-f <input file>] [-o <output file>] Pipe usage: /bin/ls | rand [-lw] [-o <output file>] file usage: rand [-lw] -f COPYING [-o <output file>] other: rand [-vh] Installation: read INSTALL. Bug reports: email email@example.com, provide as much useful info as possable. What to do with this? well, you can queue up programs in a random order... someone was complaining about mpg123 not having a 'shuffle' command (which it does), this could provide that. A teacher writing a test could use this to generate tests that have the same questions but in different order... etc etc etc. One interesting use was a sysadmin using this to scramble 'script kiddies' exploit sources. While not completely ethical, it's terribly amusing :) Thanks to Dr Shade <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Southwest Missouri State University) for redoing the randomizing algorithm to be lightening fast. O(n^2) to O(n).