Any doc reference on /entropy file ?
danielby at slightlystrange.org
Tue Dec 16 13:39:14 UTC 2008
On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 02:08:10PM +0100, Bernard Dugas wrote:
> When i look at / in a standard installation like :
> FreeBSD XXX 7.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE #0: Sun Feb 24 19:59:52 UTC
> 2008 root at logan.cse.buffalo.edu:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC i386
> There is only 1 file, named entropy :
> -rw------- 1 root wheel 4096 Dec 11 17:36 entropy
> I can't find any reference to that file in FreeBSD doc.
> Any reference to it ? What is it used for ? I have look in RANDOM area,
> but no reference...
> Do i have to keep it read/write ? Can i put it in /var instead of / to
> be able to keep / read-only ?
It is used to safely seed the random number generator, I believe.
A quick search through /etc/rc.d/* and /etc/defaults/rc.conf reveals
that you can set $entropy_file in /etc/rc.conf to anything you like,
although a comment suggests
# Set to NO to disable caching entropy through reboots.
# /var/db/entropy-file is preferred if / is not avail.
So yes, it seems you could move it off / if you want.
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