Bug#412408: Is invoking exit(2) in a library the right thing to do?

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Mon Apr 14 10:33:43 CEST 2008

On Sun, 13 Apr 2008 04:05, md at Linux.IT said:
> On Nov 15, Werner Koch <wk at gnupg.org> wrote:
>> With this reasoning you may also change Linux to allow /dev/random to be
>> a module.  It was conscious decisions, more than a decade ago, to have
>> /dev/random *always* available.  Thus it is as important as /dev/null
>> and more usefule than console.
> If this were true then it would be available in the kernel default
> initramfs (scripts/gen_initramfs_list.sh).

I don't know enough about this to tell why it does not mknod
/dev/random.  Given that TCP requires the random device and thus the
devices needs to be available, it might just be the case that until now
the userland had no need for the device node.



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