The entropy-source configuration variable

entropy-source is the fully-qualified name of a file that acts as a source for random bytes, whenever they are needed (e.g. SASL challenges). Set to /dev/urandom by default. If this is instead set to /dev/random, Archiveopteryx never uses anything less than perfectly random numbers. In this case, make sure that there's enough entropy, or else a series of rapid login attempts can block the entire server.

entropy-source is a string. Its default value is /dev/urandom.

You can see its current value with the command aox show cf entropy-source.

String syntax

Strings may be written as a single unquoted word or quoted with either single or double quotes, as shown in these three examples:

db-password = single.word
db-password = "rock'n'roll" # a 12-character password
db-password = 'two words, quoted' # a 17-character one

Only single-line strings can be used. Single-word strings may contain the characters a-z, A-Z, 0-9, dot, hyphen and slash.

Spaces are allowed at the start of the line, before and after '=', and after the value. Comments extend from '#' to the end of the line.

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Last modified: 2010-11-19