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Date:	Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:34:33 -0400
From:	Theodore Ts'o <>
To:	Bob Beck <>
Cc:	Christoph Hellwig <>,
	linux-kernel <>,
	linux-abi <>,
	linux-crypto <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH, RFC] random: introduce getrandom(2) system call

On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 11:05:01AM -0600, Bob Beck wrote:
> Hi Ted, yeah I understand the reasoning, it would be good if there was
> a way to influence the various libc people to
> ensure they manage to provide a getentropy().

I don't anticipate that to be a problem.  And before they do, and/or
if you are dealing with a system where the kernel has been upgraded,
but not libc, you have your choice of either sticking with the
binary_sysctl approach, or calling getrandom directly using the
syscall method; and in that case, whether we use getrandom() or
provide an exact getentropy() replacement system call isn't that much
difference, since you'd have to have Linux-specific workaround code

				- Ted
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