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Re: svnserve processes

From: Steve Greenland <steveg_at_lsli.com>
Date: 2005-02-14 18:04:20 CET

On Sat, Feb 12, 2005 at 01:53:51PM -0700, Jani Averbach wrote:
> On 2005-02-12 21:31+0100, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
> > Hold up. I gotta ask about this. I didn't understand a word the OP
> > said... what are we talking about? Are we saying that subversion uses
> > /dev/random, and that this takes a long time unless someone is banging
> > on the keyboard on the server?
> On certain cases, i.e. when creating a new repository, SVN needs a
> source of "randomness". It uses for this on Linux and on other systems
> when present, /dev/random device, which is a "true random source",
> which will block if it's empty.

It's probably worth noting that the keyboard is not the only source of
randomness; other sources include hardward interrupts, disk timings,
network activity, and other stuff that I can't remember right now. So
it's not like a headless server is screwed.

Another thought is that I've read other of people having problems with
entropy generation (or possibly consumption) on Gentoo systems.


"Outlook not so good." That magic 8-ball knows everything! I'll ask
about Exchange Server next.
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