At 2008-06-11T09:20:30+02:00, Zbigniew Szalbot wrote: > Is there a utility in FreeBSD that would allow me to generate random > passwords without actually creating any accounts or modifying > existing ones? I am looking for something to allow me to generate a > random string of characters.
One way is to use the rand(1) command which comes with the base system as a part of OpenSSL: [riemann:/usr/home/raghu]% openssl rand -base64 6 1olqAkXG [riemann:/usr/home/raghu]% openssl rand -base64 9 gO/9nTp5/SYa [riemann:/usr/home/raghu]% openssl rand -base64 6 ib9SrIe2 Base64 encoding transforms every group of 3 octets to 4 encoded characters, so `openssl rand -base64 3N' produces a string with 4N encoded characters. In case it is relevant, the generated strings are made up of the 62 US-ASCII alphanumerical characters, `+', and `/'. HTH, Raghavendra. -- N. Raghavendra <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> | http://www.retrotexts.net/ Harish-Chandra Research Institute | http://www.mri.ernet.in/ See message headers for contact and OpenPGP information. _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"