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Creates files with pseudo-random content.

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Please be aware that Git sources are based of the master branch and require GNU automake.


Generating a dolloped file requires the size and name. Parameters can be given in GNU style or short style. Invalid lengths will be treated as 0.

$ dollop --length=23000 --output=testfile.txt
$ dollop -l 23000 -o testfile.txt

If no output file is specified, the dollop is thrown to the standard output. This in turn can be piped or redirected.

$ dollop --length=23000 > testfile.txt
$ dollop --length=23000 | wc -c

Parameter reference is always available with the --help option.

$ dollop --help


This software is licensed under GNU GPLv3 or later. Please see the LICENSE file for details.

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Building from Git

$ aclocal
$ autoconf
$ automake --add-missing
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

Building from Tarball

$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

Build Distribution

$ make dist-gzip

Build Cleanup

$ make distclean-am


Dollop builds on any standard Posix environment. It has been tested under Linux and MacOS. GNU automake and autoconf where used to make configure and Makefile files. It contains the argtable3 library in source, including license file.

Argtable is Copyright (C) 1998-2001,2003-2011 Stewart Heitmann.
Parts are Copyright (C) 1989-1994, 1996-1999, 2001, 2003
  Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Argtable was written by Stewart Heitmann <>

Argtable is now maintained by Tom G. Huang <>
The project homepage of argtable 3.x is
The project homepage of argtable 2.x is