Re: Intent to Rewrite: pwgen
On Thu, 31 May 2001 email@example.com wrote:
> I've already rewritten the core parts of the password generator from
> scratch, and it's already producing better passwords (resolving Debian
> bugs #66006 and #70058) than the original. What's currently missing is
> the command-line options parser (front-end interface) and man page, and
> other fussy items like that.
> 1) Is it important that I maintain compatibility with the existing
> command-line interface? I'd much rather use one which is a bit more
> user-friendly. However, if there are a largish number of scripts
> that are depending on the existing command-line interface, I'd like
> to know that.
Although backward compatibilily is always nice there aren't any Debian
specific scripts using pwgen that I know of.
On the over hand, I know several people (myself included) who use pwgen in
custom scripts to create new user accounts.
> 2) Once this code is finished, will Debian be willing to use this
> codebase to replace the existing pwgen package?
That'll be a nice occasion to get rid of the most problematic bug of this
package (the licensing issue).
> 3) Is the maintainer of pwgen still active? The bugs database and
> package changelog seem to indicate that there hasn't been any
> activity in the pwgen in quite a while, and the last upload was an
I'm trying to remain active through currently mostly buried alive in
real-life work and email-backlog.
> 4) Are there any other requirements/features you'd like to see in a
> program like pwgen?
- possible extra options:
- avoid "confusing characters": 0,O,I,1,5,S
- accept to generate passwords with more than 16 chars.
- preserve the current '-s' option (code for it has been written by
Bruce Perens and slightly changed by me, so this part of the code has no
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