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PuTTY attempts to store its random number seed file
PUTTY.RND in a sensible place (such as the user's home
directory), as described in the FAQ.
However, we've had various reports that this isn't working as
designed, and that
PUTTY.RND is ending up in
C:\. This has been reported on Windows 2000 and XP.
Suggested alternative from
001201c32fd3$8c5484a0$bc1eb440@hyperwolf: use one of the
paths returned by
SHGetFolderPath. (To use this function
with the maximal range of old Windows versions, considerable faffing
is required - full horrors in
(If this is fixed, we should continue to support reading the files from their old locations.)
Update, 2006-11-08: it's been suggested that this might stop PuTTY running as a standard user in Windows Vista. Bumped priority.
Update, 2007-01-09: we now consider keeping
in a path returned from
on reasonably modern versions of Windows.
Audit trail for this semi-bug.