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Re: "Please wait, entropy is being gathered"

From: Ruslan Sivak <russ_at_vshift.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 14:17:31 -0500

omar_zakaria_at_agilent.com wrote:
> Hey everyone. Has anyone seen this particular message before?
>
> "Please wait, entropy is being gathered. Please do some work it would keep you from getting bored, because it will improve the quality of the entropy."
>
> I'm seeing it on an HP-UX 10.20 machine running Subversion 1.5.2 from CollabNet, but ONLY as part as our automated update-and-build scripts, which run as a cronjob and without a tty. I can't seem to get the messages to show up under any other circumstances, so I can't recreate it manually, and running the cronjob myself doesn't generate the error. In fact, I only see it in the logs. At the moment, I'm just grepping it out, but I'd like to find the root cause if I can. Anyone know what the root cause might be and how to get rid of it?
>
> (As an aside, I'm entertained at the idea of "good quality" entropy. I know what they mean, but it's still a somewhat comical phrase.)
>
>
Sounds like something having to do with using /dev/random which needs a
source of entropy (and a lot of times will generate it using things like
keyboard and mouse movements, etc).

Maybe a switch for it to use /dev/urandom will fix it.

Russ

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