Need non-writable --homedir

Josef Wolf jw at
Tue Sep 12 23:09:37 CEST 2006

On Tue, Sep 12, 2006 at 03:05:08PM -0400, David Shaw wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 12, 2006 at 08:42:39PM +0200, Josef Wolf wrote:
> > AFAIK, having random_seed be accessible to unauthorized people is
> > not acceptable.  Thus I have no choice, I just _have_ to use the
> > --no-random-seed-file option.  Unfortunately, the man page don't
> > explain where the random data comes from when this option is used
> > and what are the consequences to randomness quality.  This is why I
> > asked how gnupg will behave with this option.  I still have no idea
> It is harmless to use --no-random-seed-file.  If you use it, GnuPG
> will just get randomness from whatever your random source is.  The
> only difference is that it won't have a seed to start from, so it will
> run a little slower.
[ ... ]
> Encryption shouldn't block.  Key generation might (key generation
> tries to use higher quality randomness).  The random data used with
> --no-random-seed-file is just as good as the random data otherwise: it
> just takes longer to get to it.

Thanks, David!  That's exaclty the answer I was looking for.  It is no
problem for me should it be slower.  Backups run automated at night, so
there's no point in squeezing out the last millisecond.

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