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This is a toy extension I wrote while playing with random bytea string generation in PostgreSQL. It was prompted by this Stack Overflow post: http://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/22512/how-can-i-generate-a-random-bytea To compile and install, just make sure pg_config is on your PATH and run: make sudo make install If you encounter any errors, make sure you have the PostgreSQL development headers and tools, not just the runtime. On Linux you may need to install a -dev or -devel package. There are no pre-compiled Windows binaries of this extension and I haven't tested compiling it on Windows - or in fact anything except my Fedora 17 x64 box running PostgreSQL 9.1. Needless to say, it's hardly production quality. To use the random_bytea extension connect to the database of your choice and run: CREATE EXTENSION random_bytea; You can now use the random_bytea(integer) function, eg: SELECT random_bytea(1024); for 1kb of random garbage. It seems to take much longer for `psql' to format the bytea data as hex and transmit it over the wire than it does to actually generate the bytea data. For speed, turn off all psql's pretty-printing and/or redirect output. When you're using random_bytea for dummying data you'll usually be feeding its output to INSERT statements where psql formatting doesn't matter. For comparison there's also a random_bytea implementation in pure SQL, found in the random_bytea_sqlonly.sql file. It isn't part of the extension, doesn't require any of the other code, and can be used standalone.