Re: CONFIG_RANDOM option for 1.99.2

Martin.Dalecki (
Wed, 15 May 1996 09:10:22 +0200 (MET DST)

On Tue, 14 May 1996, Martin Mares wrote:

> Hi,
> > The random device is a fairly useful thing to have (I use it for
> > input values to "crashme" ;-) but there lots of people who don't
> > use it for anything. For those people, it would be useful to have a
> > CONFIG_RANDOM option, so that they can save a bit of space, and avoid
> > the small overhead associated with all the add_XXX_randomness() calls.
> The random generator is sometimes used inside the kernel itself
> -- for example in my BOOTP code. I think it isn't a good idea to allow
> disabling it.

It is not used SOMETIMES in the kernel but ONLY in BOOTP and there it is
incredibble overkill (IMHO.)