[Python-Dev] BDFL ruling request: should we block forever waiting for high-quality random bits?

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Fri Jun 10 16:11:59 EDT 2016

On Jun 10, 2016, at 12:05 PM, David Mertz wrote:

>OK.  My understanding is that Guido ruled out introducing an os.getrandom()
>API in 3.5.2.  But would you be happy if that interface is added to 3.6?

I would.

>It feels to me like the correct spelling in 3.6 should probably be
>secrets.getrandom() or something related to that.

ISTM that secrets is a somewhat higher level API while it makes sense that a
fairly simple plumbing of the underlying C call should go in os.  But I
wouldn't argue much if folks had strong opinions to the contrary.


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