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RE: "Please wait, entropy is being gathered"

From: <omar_zakaria_at_agilent.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 12:39:16 -0700

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ruslan Sivak [mailto:russ_at_vshift.com]
> 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.

Yeah, that's the only hint I've been able to find with Google, but strangely, the machine has neither /dev/random nor /dev/urandom. Now, that might be my problem, but I'm not sure. I should probably find out where it's getting its entropy.

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