[PROXYPER] Recycling keys

Scott Lockwood scottlockwood at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 26 15:19:30 EDT 1999

Basically, as I understand it, the keys are organized into blocks.  When a
large section of the keyspace is completed, it's data is moved somewhere
else.  There isn't room enough to hold the entire key space, so when we come
close to completing a large block of keys, they unretured keys are reissued
to close out that block.  This allows us to move on to the next large chunk
of the key space.

----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Morrow <mike at micratek.com>
To: <proxyper at lists.distributed.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 1999 12:50 PM
Subject: [PROXYPER] Recycling keys

To D.Net folks,

Why would you use time recycling keys after a month or two months or EVER
until they are needed again, naturally.

If I were to design it, I would mark a key done when it is returned and not
issue that one again.  When someone wanted a key, I would issue one that
had not been marked.  That is all.  No time issues to deal with at
all.  That seems to be useless overhead with its associated possibility for
errors, like any code.

Maybe my view of this is cracked, being far removed from the project but I
just never have been able to figure out why anything other than issuing
unchecked keys is being done.  If I am way off on this, then I apologize in

My summation is: Are some keys more important than others?  If not, then
this timed recycling is sillyness.  If so, then I just don't understand the

Thanks for any enlightenment on this.

Mike Morrow

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