Adding extra info when generating a password

John Franklin franklin at
Sun Jun 21 19:18:20 CEST 2020

On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 10:40 PM, Allan Odgaard 
<lists+pass at> wrote:
> On 21 Jun 2020, at 4:07, Nils Andre wrote:
>> Also `apg` already provides this functionality […]
> On BSD/macOS there is also `pwgen`, so agree, the proposed 
> functionality does not belong as a separate command in `pass`.
> It would make more sense to remove password generation from `pass`, 
> although with multiple commands for this, the overhead on 
> standardizing the interface (to set password length, the inclusion or 
> exclusion of certain symbols) would not be worth it, as `pass` 
> currently just read n bytes from /dev/urandom (filtering out 
> undesired characters).
> The advantage of outsourcing password generation could be support for 
> a “quirks” database¹ but that would require extracting the web 
> site for which the password is being generated, and although many put 
> this in the password path, there is no strict convention.
> ¹ 

Adding support for external password generation sounds great, but that 
should be a separate patch.  It's orthoginal to OP's request: getting 
the insert and generate commands to share command line options.

John Franklin
franklin at

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