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From Ben Laurie <...@algroup.co.uk>
Subject Re: /dev/urandom vs /dev/random [was Re: 2.0.36 hangs on linux on startup]
Date Sun, 26 May 2002 17:14:23 GMT
Cliff Woolley wrote:
> On Sun, 26 May 2002, Ben Laurie wrote:
>>>>3) open /dev/random in non-blocking mode and defer EAGAIN reads
>>>>  until later (read it at startup; if it would block, try again when
>>>>  the entropy is actually needed, failing if it isn't ready by then
>>>>    -- no idea if this would even work).
>>Grr. We keep going around this loop - there isn't a "one size fits all"
>>answer to the problem.
> Okay, fair enough.  Patch withdrawn.  What do you think of option #3?
> Perhaps not fail, but defer the blocking read?

Sounds better to me.

> What about a --with-devrandom=<path> option for people who do want to go
> the /dev/urandom route?

Surely its configurable anyway? Changing the default strikes me as 
something that will bite you if you aren't careful!



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