hold-on at 'Entropy harvesting' afer upgrading to 8.1

Daniel O'Connor doconnor at gsoft.com.au
Thu Feb 17 06:40:46 UTC 2011

On 17/02/2011, at 16:26, Ken Chen wrote:
> I upgrade a very old machine from 6.3-RELEASE to 8.1-RELEASE by
> 'freebsd-update'. After boot with 8.1 GENERIC kernel, it holds-on at
> ''Entropy harvesting: '. I try to change configuration in
> /etc/defaults/rc.conf, it helpless.
> harvest_interrupt="NO" # Entropy device harvests interrupt randomness
> harvest_ethernet="NO"  # Entropy device harvests ethernet randomness
> harvest_p_to_p="NO"    # Entropy device harvests point-to-point randomness
> Then, I 'chmod 0  /etc/rc.d/initrandom'. The 8.1 skipped 'Entropy
> harvesting', but hold-on again at 'pre-seeding PRNG'.
> Any suggestion? Thanks and happy Lantern Festival.

You should re-enable those, they help feed the entropy pool.

You can seed it with a file by setting entropy_file in rc.conf to a file full of (hopefully) random junk.

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