[TUHS] Unix install & "standalone" package

Steffen Nurpmeso steffen at sdaoden.eu
Tue Sep 12 08:05:47 AEST 2023

Theodore Ts'o wrote in
 <20230911041059.GH701295 at mit.edu>:
 |On Sat, Sep 09, 2023 at 01:38:54AM +0200, Steffen Nurpmeso wrote:
 |> You know, things change, and if you do not follow closely, you
 |> stand in the rain.  I am not a paid Linux engineer that follows
 |> this rapidly moving target in the end.
 |> For example the (no longer) new random developer chose to disable
 |> feeding entropy via /dev/urandom, here (distribution) still is
 |>   # Load random seed
 |>   /bin/cat /var/lib/urandom/seed > /dev/urandom
 |> for almost two decades (it is a rather young one), but the code
 |> path was mutilated (i read the kernel source once he had rewritten
 |> that to be blake2/some 32-byte block thing based), now one needs
 |> to use some ioctl interface fwiw.
 |Huh?  That's not correct.  You can still introduce entropy into the
 |random pool by writing to /dev/urandom or /dev/random.  It is true
 |that there has been some changes to the design of /dev/random, but I
 |assure you as the original /dev/random developer, was consulted and
 |involved in the design discussions.

Ah, lesser and lesser freedom for man!  That is the truth!
Neither was (last i looked) that counted no more to unlock man
from the chokehold of missing entropy, nor do newer kernels then
decrement entropy when you read random.

 |Anyway, this is off-topic for TUHS, but if you have specific
 |questions/complaints, feel free to address them to me and Jason.  Your
 |comments do make me suspect that there are some fundamental
 |misunderstandings at work.

Surely for the latter.  So much i give in on this song line.


|Der Kragenbaer,                The moon bear,
|der holt sich munter           he cheerfully and one by one
|einen nach dem anderen runter  wa.ks himself off
|(By Robert Gernhardt)

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