The following reply was made to PR kern/34507; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: "Greg A. Woods; Planix, Inc." <woods@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Michael van Elst <mlelstv@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: kern/34507: bge(4) doesn't contribute to the rnd pool
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 13:07:28 -0500
On 24-Feb-08, at 9:57 AM, Michael van Elst wrote:
> However, depending on traffic and configuration, the interrupts are
> actually polled at regular intervals. Not much entropy to be gained.
Ah ha! I was afraid there might be a reason other than a simple
omission of the necessary hooks as to why some interfaces like bge(4)
were not used as entropy sources. I was hoping it was just because
of (minor) performance issues, but this sounds a little more severe.
Is there any simple flag that can be checked to see if interrupts are
currently polled or not?
Greg A. Woods; Planix, Inc.