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Re: translator for /dev/random and /dev/urandom

From: Marcus Brinkmann
Subject: Re: translator for /dev/random and /dev/urandom
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 19:24:54 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.3.18i

On Sat, Jun 23, 2001 at 06:47:12PM +0200, Oystein Viggen wrote:
> Quoth Marcus Brinkmann: 
> >   Use --seed-file to store a seed file across reboots (in /var/run).
> At least in Debian GNU hurd, the boot scripts seem to do this:
> if test -d /var/run; then
>   (cd /var/run && { rm -rf -- *; cp /dev/null utmp; chmod 644 utmp; })
> fi

This is a bug and will be fixed in the next version.
> Wouldn't this make /var/run an exceptionally bad place for storing stuff
> across reboots?

The next version will excempt random-seed (and directories, and innd.pid and
utmp).  I should add an excemption for urandom-seed, too.

See the CVS version of debian/rc.


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