Easy Password Generation

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    Sahil Malik

    You can find the mkpass git repository over at sourcehut or GitHub.

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    Password generators are incredibly useful for those who don’t use the same password everywhere. The issue is that everyone uses the same password everywhere. Hopefully when people see how easy password generation can be, that’ll change; there really is no excuse to not use different passwords these days. mkpass aims to be the absolute simplest password generator possible while still providing the functionality you need.ls

    Two factor authentication is also something you should be using — and something that is very easy to manage — and something that I will be posting about shortly™.

    Basic Usage

    The most basic usage of mkpass is to just call mkpass. By default this will generate a 64-character password made up of random printable characters. If you need to use specific characters (for example, maybe you can only use alphanumeric characters) then you can simply specify a tr(1) style range:

    $ mkpass
    $ mkpass a-zA-Z0-9
    $ mkpass [:alpha:][:digit:]

    You can also specify the length of the password using the -l flag:

    $ mkpass a-z
    $ mkpass -l 12 a-z

    And that ladies and gentlemen, is the entire program. A nice minimal tool that does one thing and one thing only, while integrating nicely with the UNIX environment. This is (in my opinion), an example of well-designed software.