Package: john
Version: 1.7.2-3~bpo40+1
Severity: wishlist

I'd like to just run the single and wordlist modes. I think the
simplest and most explicit way to do this is to introduce a "Modes"
option to the configuration file john.conf as well as options to
specify rulesets for each mode. For example:

# A comma-separated list of modes to run. Allowed modes include
# Single, Wordlist, Incremental
Modes = Single, Wordlist, Incremental

# A comma-separated list of mangling rules for the Single mode.
Single = Single, MySingleRules

# A comma-separated list of mangling rules for the Wordlist mode.
Wordlist = Wordlist, MyWordlistRules

# A comma-separated list of mangling rules for the Incremental mode.
Incremental = Alpha, Digits, MyCustomRules

With this in place, I would do away with the default of running
through all modes. John would explicitly run the modes in the Modes

I think these changes would make John much easier to understand out of
the box and more flexible as well.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable'), (20, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-6-686
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL 
set to en_US.utf8)

Versions of packages john depends on:
ii  john-data              1.7.2-3~bpo40+1   active password cracking tool - ch
ii  libc6                  2.3.6.ds1-13etch7 GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libssl0.9.8            0.9.8c-4etch3     SSL shared libraries

john recommends no packages.

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