script failure & random seed file
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Thu May 20 00:15:58 CEST 2004
On Wed, May 19, 2004 at 04:50:31PM -0500, seidls at schneider.com wrote:
> Previous Email Reply -
> It looks like you are using the program prngd to generate randomness,
> but prngd isn't running. GnuPG needs a source of entropy, whether it
> is native to the OS, prngd, egd, or otherwise. It won't run with no
> entropy source at all.
> I have a couple more questions for you. How do we change from prngd to
> /dev/random? Does this require a complete rebuild of GNUpg?
It depends on how GnuPG was built. It's possible to build a gpg
binary that has support for all random gatherers, but there is no way
for me to tell how your gpg binary was built.
> Also, a random_seed file was generated at compile time and placed into the
> .gnupg directory. This is normally the source of entropy for GNUpg,
No. The random_seed file is generated at run time, and contains a
seed to initialize the random pool for the next run.
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