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Re: random device?

From: Marco Gerards
Subject: Re: random device?
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 21:57:16 +0200
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Rian Hunter <> writes:

> On Mon, 2004-07-19 at 11:06, Marco Gerards wrote:
>> Derek Davies <> writes:
>> > Marco Gerards <> writes:
>> >> 
>> >> It even seems that there is a patch for GNU Mach to add a entropy
>> >> device...
>> >
>> > There's a patch for OSKit/Mach at:
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > But OSKit/Mach is basically useless unless you're goal is to fix lots
>> > and lots of bugs.  On and off (mostly off) I work on porting it back
>> > to GNU/Mach 1.x.  There's nothing hard about this I just find it hard
>> > to keep focused - someone could pretty easily take the patch above and
>> > port it.
>> What I meant is that on that site Rian mentioned, in that tarball
>> there is a patch for GNU Mach 1.x... Or isn't this stuff useful?
> Just for kicks i tried out the patch at
>, but it was made against the 2000
> gnumach tree, so it doesn't work exactly well. I think the files would
> have to be manually patched to account for the changes since 2000. So it
> isn't useful yet, i'll try to get it to work today though because i
> think a random device is really important. I do think that a user-space
> entropy daemon is a better way to go though, but since it isn't possible
> to have a truly competent one under Mach, an in-kernel device is the
> best way to go for now.

FYI, this was discussed on the mailinglist.  However, I wonder if they
are talking about the same thing.


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