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SubjectRe: [PATCH][RFC] Allow net devices to contribute to /dev/random
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On Mon, 2001-10-01 at 10:43, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > Obviously the timer interrupt would be the worst idea ever. Its the
> > same value (HZ) on almost all versions of Linux (Alpha being on example
> > where it is not the same).
>
> Actually, not quite. On 2.4.9 system, console kept interrupts disabled
> for so long that timer interrupt was pretty good source of randomness.

That is pretty sad, to be honest :)

Besides, on some systems interrupts may rarely be disabled -- its too
hard to tell. We don't want another config option, do we? :)

Also, 2.4.10 merged Andrew Morton's console-locking patch, so one can
hope the console's latency is improved.

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Robert M. Love
rml at ufl.edu
rml at tech9.net

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