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[[!meta title="Entropy for exim4, or just a bad idea?"]]
[[!meta author="Daniel Silverstone"]]
[[!meta date="2008-01-02 09:57:56 +0000"]]
[[!tag tech]]

[Ingo Juergensmann](http://blog.windfluechter.net/) [recently
asked](http://blog.windfluechter.net/index.php?/archives/103-Exim4-Entropy.html)
if there is a way to get more entropy for exim4 for a way to make exim4
take less entropy.

A while ago [I
posted](http://blog.digital-scurf.org/tech/randomsound.html) my solution
which grabbed the imagination of [Steve
Gran](http://www.lobefin.net/~steve/debian.html) who I believe created
and upload a [debian
package](http://packages.debian.org/sid/randomsound) which garnered a
not inconsiderable amount of back-flack from people who failed to
realise that I wrote it because I wanted something which would solve my
problem, and that perhaps the package needed more disclaimers or
warnings.

One person actually took time to explain things to me and provide sample
code which one day I will incorporate into the release copy of
[randomsound](http://www.digital-scurf.org/software/randomsound) but for
now it’s just crap :~~)
<br />
So Ingo, one option is to install the randomsound package and enjoy
that, you might have to backport it to stable if that’s what your server
runs.
<br />
Another would be to spank the fool who wants to send huge mails through
your server and tell them to get a web space :~~)