On Sat, 15 Sep 2007 00:44:10 -0700 "Ted Mittelstaedt" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Since FreeBSD tries to be close to perfect ;-) it uses a better > random driver that can produce random numbers as fast as you want > them. The symlink is there only as a crutch for older UNIX code > that was written when there was a difference between /dev/random > and /dev/urandom
Personally I think it would have been better to name the yarrow device as /dev/urandom and create a new device, say /dev/entropy , which would function as a traditional /dev/random. One would then have the choice of linking /dev/random to either /dev/entropy or /dev/urandom. And in the second case /dev/entropy would still be availible in special cases. Essentially what has happened is that /dev/random has been abandoned in favour of a better /dev/urandom, and that seems to be a bit high-handed to me. _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"