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Matthew Ahrenstein

DevOps Engineer for an amazing company, hiker, amateur radio operator, target shooter, and developer.

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Even though this website is meant to be professional, that doesn’t mean I can never post something fun right? Well here is a little server admin game you can play if you feel like living dangerously.

Preparation: A group of server admins all get in front of a local server logged in as root
1.) Each player takes turns entering the following command into the shell:
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/kmem bs=1 count=1 seek=$RANDOM
2.) Keep taking turns entering the exact same command until the server crashes
3.) The player that crashes the server has to buy all the other players beer

That’s all there is to it. It’s a dumb, and relatively* harmless game to play with the Linux servers you have at work.

*WARNING: Do not try this on a system that you care in any way if it crashes, because IT WILL! This introduces intentional memory corruption to a running system.

Source: This is something semi-widely spread on the internet. I don’t really know who originally came up with this game.