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Re: random device?

From: Rian Hunter
Subject: Re: random device?
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2004 16:01:26 -0400

On Sun, 2004-07-18 at 14:59, Marco Gerards wrote:
> Rian Hunter <> writes:
> > I want to run ssh, so i can run cvs but i need a random device. I found
> > that Marcus wrote a random device translator, but I can't find out where
> > it is. My real question is why isn't a random device translator part of
> > the hurd source tree?
> There needs to be an entropy device in Mach before a random device can
> be added, AFAIK.

well for ultimate random numbers an entropy device would be needed. but
you can emulate one (to an okay degree) with egd (entropy gathering
daemon). actually i found an implementation that uses egd: I think a user-space solution
would be more preferable in the long-run anyway. The L4 kernel has
user-space interrupts, so an even better user-space entropy gatherer
could be written when the Hurd is running under L4, someday.

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