[Python-Dev] RNG in the core

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Wed Jan 4 02:59:51 CET 2012

On Tue, 03 Jan 2012 23:21:30 +0100
"Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> wrote:
> > Have you read the following sentence:
> > 
> > “Since some platforms may not have /dev/urandom, we need a PRNG in the
> > core, too. I therefore propose to move the Mersenne twister from
> > randommodule.c into the core, too.”
> I disagree. We don't need a PRNG on platforms without /dev/urandom or
> any other native RNG.

Well what if /dev/urandom is unavailable because the program is run
e.g. in a chroot?
(or is /dev/urandom still available in a chroot?)



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