#56 Regenerating key causes hung Gaim in 0.78 and 2.26


I tried regenerating a 4096 bit key with Gaim 0.78 and
Gaim-Encryption 2.26, and it hung the cpu at 100% and
froze the application. This is on a fully patched
Mandrake 9.2 system with both Gaim and the plugin
compiled from source. It works correctly otherwise.


  • Bill Tompkins

    Bill Tompkins - 2004-05-31

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    Generating a 4096 bit key on my 2 GHz machine took about 3
    minutes. It is non-deterministic, so sometimes it will go
    fast, sometimes it can take quite a while. The application
    will hang while the key is generated.

    Make sure to move your mouse around once in a while- if you
    run out of entropy, that's the fastest way to generate some

    The key generation dialog should say: "Generating RSA Key
    Pair for <your name>, this may take a little bit.", but for
    some reason, GTK doesn't always display that text.


  • Bill Tompkins

    Bill Tompkins - 2004-05-31
    • assigned_to: nobody --> obobo
    • status: open --> open-works-for-me
  • Brian J. Conway

    Brian J. Conway - 2004-05-31

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    My bad, it went quicker when moving the mouse the entire
    time on my P4 3GHz. I then realized how slow it is to send
    messages with a 4096 bit key and went back to 1024, but it
    does work. The Status window does pop up, but it doesn't
    show anything inside it for me.

  • Bill Tompkins

    Bill Tompkins - 2004-05-31
    • status: open-works-for-me --> closed-works-for-me

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