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    Command:

    mkpasswd

    
    
    

    SYNOPSIS

           mkpasswd [ args ] [ user ]
    
    
    

    INTRODUCTION

           mkpasswd generates passwords and can apply them automatically to users.
           mkpasswd is based on the code from Chapter  23  of  the  O'Reilly  book
           "Exploring Expect".
    
    
    

    USAGE

           With no arguments, mkpasswd returns a new password.
    
                mkpasswd
    
           With a user name, mkpasswd assigns a new password to the user.
    
                mkpasswd don
    
           The passwords are randomly generated according to the flags below.
    
    
    

    FLAGS

           The -l flag defines the length of the password.  The default is 9.  The
           following example creates a 20 character password.
    
                mkpasswd -l 20
    
           The -d flag defines the minimum number of digits that must  be  in  the
           password.   The default is 2.  The following example creates a password
           with at least 3 digits.
    
                mkpasswd -d 3
    
           The -c flag defines the minimum number of lowercase alphabetic  charac-
           ters that must be in the password.  The default is 2.
    
           The  -C flag defines the minimum number of uppercase alphabetic charac-
           ters that must be in the password.  The default is 2.
    
           The -s flag defines the minimum number of special characters that  must
           be in the password.  The default is 1.
    
           The  -p  flag  names  a  program  to  set  the  password.   By default,
           /etc/yppasswd is used if present, otherwise /bin/passwd is used.
    
           The -2 flag causes characters to  be  chosen  so  that  they  alternate
           between  right and left hands (qwerty-style), making it harder for any-
           one watching passwords being entered.  This can also make it easier for
           a password-guessing program.
    
           The  -v flag causes the password-setting interaction to be visible.  By
           default, it is suppressed.
    
    
           mkpasswd is in the public domain.  NIST and I would  appreciate  credit
           if this program or parts of it are used.
    
                                    22 August 1994                     MKPASSWD(1)
    
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