Creating a encrypted directory during the server installation

Soren Hansen soren at
Mon Sep 29 10:23:22 UTC 2008

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 11:37:01PM -0400, Michael Casadevall wrote:
> I've did some work implementing /dev/random in GNU Hurd (yes, yes, I
> know :-P). Static bootups are fairly constant, i.e., poor source of
> entropy, so that is a major problem. However, it might be possible to
> have the user provide or generate entropy (maybe a friendly message
> such as "Ubuntu needs to generate entropy to encrypt your files,
> please bang on the keyboard like a monkey"), or the ability to provide
> a private key from another source like a USB key or something.

Package: randomsound
Description: ALSA sound card related entropy gathering daemon
 Using the low order bit of the ADC output of your sound card,
 randomsound gathers entropy, debiases it and offers it up to your
 kernel's random pool.

Soren Hansen               | 
Virtualisation specialist  | Ubuntu Server Team
Canonical Ltd.             |
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