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SubjectRe: [RFC] frandom - fast random generator module
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Followup to:  <bn40oa$i4q$1@gatekeeper.tmr.com>
By author: davidsen@tmr.com (bill davidsen)
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
>
> In article <3F8E58A9.20005@cyberone.com.au>,
> Nick Piggin <piggin@cyberone.com.au> wrote:
>
> | Without looking at the code, why should this be done in the kernel?
>
> Because it's a generally useful function, /dev/random and /dev/urandom
> are in the kernel, /dev/urandom is SLOW. And doing a userspace solution
> is a bitch in shell scripts ;-)
>

Bullshit. "myrng 36 | foo" works just fine.

> Since bloat is being discussed in several threads, you may want to
> propose that /dev/*random be config options in the "delete features for
> size" section.

/dev/random and /dev/urandom are in the kernel because they are
clients of the kernel's entropy collection system, period. There is
no other justification for their inclusion in the kernel, and using
them as motivation for sticking a pure PRNG in the kernel is daft at
best.

-hpa
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