noninteractive "pass insert" fails

Frank Thommen f.thommen at
Fri Jul 27 16:58:25 CEST 2018

Hello Ernesto,

On 07/27/2018 04:32 PM, Ernesto Alfonso wrote:
> Hi,
> I need to generate a numeric pin but pass seems to only support a yes/no 
> special characters flag.
> So I generate my own pin:
>      PIN=$(tr -dc A-Za-z0-9_ < /dev/urandom | head -c ${LENGTH})
> When I try to insert that into pass via standard in:
>      pass insert ${NAME} <<< $PIN
> I get exit status 1 with no error message, and no password is inserted.
> - How can I insert a password non-interactively?

For me this works:

     echo "$PIN" | pass insert --echo ${NAME}
     pass insert --echo ${NAME} <<<$PIN

important is the "--echo"

> - Alternatively, how can I generate a numeric pin with no alpha characters?
> - Should pass provide an error message when it fails?

It provides an appropriate exit status of >0.


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