docs/101564: man 4 random has a URL as reference

Remko Lodder remko at
Sat Oct 14 09:38:26 UTC 2006

waldeck at wrote:
> Hi,
>> Synopsis: man 4 random has a URL as reference
>> State-Changed-From-To: open->closed
>> State-Changed-By: remko
>> State-Changed-When: Fri Oct 13 14:16:30 UTC 2006
>> State-Changed-Why: 
>> The URL is required to understand the Yarrow protocol, we cannot remove
>> that eventhough it requires internet access for this. Closing the PR.
>> Facilitated by: Snow B.V.
> Did you read the last sentence in my PR?
>>> Scheiers paper explains the algoritm but does not consider the meaning to the variables.
> This is still true!
> Dr. Markus Waldeck

Yes well, without it it is impossible to understand it at all.
I have verified this with the guy who added the support and he
also thinks the reference should stay in.

Let me quote the relevant part:

Please don't remove that URL. Messing with the Yarrow algorithm would be
a critical and very subtle mistake, and I would not like folks to tackle
it without being able to at least find that paper.

It would also become very impractical to import the information into
a manual page or something since since it would not become any
reasonably sized manual then (information from Ruslan (ru@)).

Please feel free to poke the maintainer of the website to correct the
information listed there (that information itself is out of our
control).  Ofcourse I am open to better suggestions, but at the
moment the URL will remain in the manual page :)

Best regards,

Kind regards,

      Remko Lodder               ** remko at
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