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Re: Testing 1.3.x on really old box

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2006-03-17 22:52:38 CET

On 3/17/06, John Peacock <jpeacock@rowman.com> wrote:
> Jani Averbach wrote:
> > If your system has a hardware based random source, use that
> > (CONFIG_HW_RANDOM) and install rngd which feeds randomness from
> > hw_random to random.
> That's a server that doesn't get any hand's on use. When I wiggled the
> mouse and typed something, the entropy went up to 2 (wow!). I found an
> old sound card and threw that in and suddenly I have randomness to spare
> (entropy == 3000)!
> Is this a significant enough limitation that I should write up a FAQ entry?

I had this very same problem back when running the svn tests on FreeBSD in 2001.

The real problem, I think, is that APR needs to grow a second API.
Subversion should be able to ask for 'not super high quality' random
numbers when generating uuids, so that the OS doesn't end up blocking
for entropy.

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Received on Fri Mar 17 22:52:58 2006

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