passmenu: optionally type username as well

Matthew Snider matt.snider at
Mon Jul 24 17:21:22 CEST 2017


I think that is a cool idea. In my opinion, username/password entry is something passmenu should be able to do. Since people store that information in various formats, it should support the most common ones.

What do you think about this signature:

    passmenu [--type [--userfield fieldname | --passwordfile passwordfile --usernamefile usernamefile] ] [dmenu arguments...]

Here the user would enter something like:

    passmenu --type --passwordfile password --usernamefile username [dmenu arguments...]

Using this invocation, we would want the list of possible selections to only include directories (not the *.gpg files). So, as in your example, the user would be prompted with the following in dmenu:

  *   accounts/
  *   accounts/
  *   social/
  *   ...

Instead of:

  *   accounts/
  *   accounts/
  *   ...

And dmenu would read from the appropriate password/username files.

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Subject: Re: passmenu: optionally type username as well

What do you think of using a convention to name the password files instead?

For example, instead of having both username and password under the same password file:
You would have two password files, each one line:

This has the neat feature that it's extendable to any new field without changing pass.

Le 23 juil. 2017 09:52, "Matthew Snider" <matt.snider at<mailto:matt.snider at>> a écrit :

My original code has a mistake. It should call read twice instead of using \n as a delimiter (e.g. read -r pass; read -r -d '' rest). I think it would be best for me to test it out over the next week.

In the mean time, if anyone gets around to looking at it, let me know what you think!

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I've just recently started using pass and more specifically passmenu, and am very pleased with it :-)

The main feature I found that was immediately missing when switching over from keepassx, is the ability to autotype a username/password combination. I read through the mailing list archives and found this feature was already attempted here:<>

It doesn't seem like there was any response to this, but arbitrarily taking the second line doesn't seem ideal to me. I think my implementation is an improvement, because it leverages the suggested file format of "key: value" pairs after the first line.

In the included patch you will see that I've just added a --userfield flag which can be used as follows:

passmenu --type --userfield username [dmenu arguments...]

This corresponds to files which look like:


username: matt.snider

I personally use this by binding $mod+p to the regular passmenu invocation, and $mod+Shift+p to the invocation using --type and --userfield. This has been working very well for me.

Please let me know what you think and if you have some feedback.



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