randomness and ssh

Arne Brodowski press at planet-rcs.de
Fri Nov 10 13:48:14 PST 2006

Hi Kendrick,

you could do a

cat /proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail

if it show "0" then you have no entropy available and /dev/random may block.



Kendrick wrote:
> I just started working on my via c7 this week and after getting a base 
> lfs build + aes/sha patches on the kernel and ssh3.8  i found some 
> interesting things.
> 34mb file copied from the via c7 was getting 900k a sec using 99% cpu, 
> while my dual 500mhz prolaint server was getting 200 and using only 
> about 12% of the cpu.  It made me wonder and the only thought i could 
> come up with is randomness.  I remember there used to be a egd? or 
> erandom patch for hlfs  and or ssh I was wondering if it was still 
> around some where and or if it seems im barking up the wrong tree.   how 
> would one go about checking for random empty?

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