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SubjectRe: [PATCH] random.c bugfix
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Andreas Dilger <adilger@turbolabs.com> said:

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> OK, my bad. At least the random variable-name cleanups let you SEE where
> we are supposed to be using word sizes and byte sizes. Even you were
> confused about it ;-)

I have now seen various bits and pieces about this flying around. To get it
right will be hard, as over/under estimates will show up only under unusual
circumstances; and as you _can't_ really know how much "entropy" there
should be, testing this is very hard. So the only way to get it right is
make it "obviously" right.

How hard would it be to change the API to talk _all_ in the same units, be
it bits, bytes, words, or whatever? I believe bits or bytes would be best,
as word sizes differ. Bytes have the advantage that a simple sizeof() will
give size in bytes for any random variable.
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