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Re: /dev/random is hot garbage

On Sun, Jul 21, 2019 at 04:53:08PM +0000, Taylor R Campbell wrote:
>   It has become popular to redefine the traditional semantics of
>   /dev/random or /dev/urandom so that one or both will block once at
>   boot until the OS thinks the entropy pool may have been seeded, and
>   then never block again.
>   I don't want to do this because code paths that may block but only
>   in extreme circumstances, like early at boot on an embedded system,
>   are likely never to be exercised even during what might otherwise be
>   extensive testing, and as noted blocking when not expected can have
>   severe consequences.

It currently blocks for literally hours/days. We can't have the OS not
function due to this purity.

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