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From: Petter Reinholdtsen <pere <at> hungry.com>
Subject: Re: answer to your question: urandom init script
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.debian.devel.sysvinit
Date: Friday 30th July 2010 15:12:35 UTC (over 6 years ago)
[John Denker]
> Hi --
> 
> In the current Ubuntu distribution, the following question appears in the
> urandom init script:
> 
>         # Hm, why is the saved pool re-created at boot? [pere 2009-09-03]
> 
> Answer:
>   1) The same SAVEDFILE should never be used twice.  Never ever.
>   2) It is "nice" if the SAVEDFILE gets updated during an orderly 
>    shutdown, but we cannot depend on this, because of the risk that 
>    the system might crash, due to power outage or whatever.  The
>    best approach is "belt and suspenders" i.e. updating it during 
>    boot *and* updating it again (if possible) during shutdown.
> 
> This explanation should be included within the urandom script, 
> because the question comes up again and again.
> 
> Please update the source, as far upstream as possible.
> 
> Let me know if you have any questions.

Think you.  I'm cc-ing your email to the sysvinit/initscripts
maintainers, to make us all aware of this.  Will try to find time to
update the script as well.

Happy hacking,
-- 
Petter Reinholdtsen
 
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