apr ports devrandom option

RW rwmaillists at googlemail.com
Thu Jun 17 00:00:35 UTC 2010

On Wed, 16 Jun 2010 16:07:34 -0700
Chuck Swiger <cswiger at mac.com> wrote:

> On Jun 16, 2010, at 4:01 PM, RW wrote:
> > The devel/apr* ports have an option to use /dev/random, which is on
> > by default. 
> > 
> > I was wondering under what circumstances anyone would turn that
> > off. As far as I can see switching it off doesn't
> > replace /dev/random with anything else.
> On some platforms, /dev/random and /dev/urandom used to provide
> different quality of random numbers-- FreeBSD simply uses Yarrow or a
> hardware RNG source if available.  Even if you disable it, it's
> likely to just fall back to OpenSSL's source of random numbers, which
> probably is /dev/random anyway....

Right, but I'm asking about the "make config" port option, not the
configure options to apr itself.

  DEVRANDOM "Use /dev/random or compatible in apr"  on \               
CONFIGURE_ARGS+=        --without-devrandom
CONFIGURE_ARGS+=        --with-devrandom
.if defined(PKGNAMESUFFIX)
PKGNAMESUFFIX=  -devrandom

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