On Sunday 16 September 2007 03:01:26 RW wrote: > 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.
Not high-handed. Logical. The difference between /dev/random and /dev/urandom was that /dev/random could block IO if it didn't have enough entropy and /dev/urandom guaranteed to not block. The underlying algorithm creating the random was at the discretion of the implementers. So what you had was a highway (urandom) and a road with traffic lights (random). The need for the traffic lights has been removed, so there is no logic in not calling it a highway. People travelling the random road, will simply account for the possibility a traffic light comes up, which never does. -- Mel _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"