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Entropy (was: Re: MIG->Corba)

From: Marcus Brinkmann
Subject: Entropy (was: Re: MIG->Corba)
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 23:42:21 +0100
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On Thu, Feb 08, 2001 at 01:05:30PM -0800, Jeff Bailey wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 08, 2001 at 10:15:59PM +0200, Eray Ozkural (exa) wrote:
> > For instance, do you really need to write hurd servers in different 
> > languages?
> > How useful/suitable would a server written in "perl" be? These are the kind
> > of questions one should consider before writing a big amount of code. Such
> > effort would require some justification of the benefits before doing so.
> Very - I want to adapt the Entropy Gathering Daemon to use the perl 
> TrivFS stuff to provide /dev/random and /dev/urandom on Hurd.

I have a different plan, ripping of the entropy pool mixer from gnupg into
an entropy server. egd can then just write its data into /servers/entropy
(as can any other program that thinks it produces some entropy).

I am currently discussing the details with Werner Koch, and will follo wup
with a proposal soon, followed by an implementation if everything goes well.


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