[RC5] Active subspaces/random subspaces

Chris Eaton tridus at inforamp.net
Tue May 5 22:12:47 EDT 1998

At 06:36 AM 05/05/98 , you wrote:
>May I ask why, if we can only hold a total of four active subspaces
>on the master key server, that we have two active random subspaces
>open.  Half of the active keys that could be handed out are not being
>handed out because they are allocated to "random" subspaces.  Given
>the present space constraints on the master key server, it would seem
>to make more sense to only have a single active random subspace. 
>This would allow for three quarters of the total available space on
>the master to be allocated to active subspaces, lengthening the time
>between subspace redistributions.

If I can remember correctly, I believe the reason for opening a second random
subspace was to protect the work that had already been done from being
corrupted if a bug was discovered in the 2.7x clients.  I guess now we're just
sort of stuck with it, altho by now it can be reasonably said that the bug
were worried about doesn't exist.
"In the end, I wonder if one of the most important steps on our journey is
the one in which we throw away the map. In jettisoning the grinds and
brambles of our own preconceptions, perhaps we are better able to find the
real secrets of each place; to remember that we are all extensions of our
collective history."

- Loreena McKennitt: The Book Of Secrets


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