[pass] Provide symbol set as command line argument

Allen Li vianchielfaura at gmail.com
Sun Nov 13 23:23:51 CET 2016

Is there a reason to not just add any required symbols on to the end of the
password, or remove illegal characters (perhaps generating a slightly
longer password to account for this)?  There's a negligible effect on
password entropy and skips all of this bikeshedding around replacing pwgen.

Password generation isn't something done often, and if it is, it's trivial
to write a script to generate passwords according to your own needs, and
make pass use it by setting EDITOR.  I suspect most pass users do not need
this feature.

On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 2:10 PM Michael Hoff <mail at michael-hoff.net> wrote:

> On 13.11.2016 21:36, Jason A. Donenfeld wrote:
> > On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 2:57 PM, Michael Hoff <mail at michael-hoff.net>
> wrote:
> >> I don't think that `pwgen` is the suitable application for this.
> > Why? It already supports lots of different options regarding symbols
> > and numbers and whatnot. This seems like just another little flag for
> > it.
> My point is that `apg` already provides all required features and - to
> my understanding - `apg` is also available in all linux distributions.
> Why invest time and effort in `pwgen` instead?
> Of course, it is possible to implement this in `pwgen`, also.
> One has to change the central generator function interface `(char
> *inbuf, int size, int pw_flags)` to also contain a character set for
> symbols (which is consequently no trivial flag) and implement the
> corresponding functionality in the random and the phonem generator.
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