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Date: Wed, 16 May 2012 11:30:37 +0200
From: Frank Dittrich <>
Subject: Re: usage info and invalid config (Was: Fwd: bash auto-completion
 for john)

On 05/16/2012 12:32 AM, magnum wrote:
> Oh, I see what you mean now (I never tested without a valid config).
> This is now fixed as suggested.

The same problem exists if you start john without any options.
Not even the official john (tested with john-1.7.8 which is distributed
with fedora 16) works when you have an invalid config.

I had a john.conf file in ~/.john which used include directives (not
known to official john), and instead of the usage output, I got:

$ john
Error in /home/fd/.john/john.conf at line 388

Can/should this be fixed for the jumbo version and for the official version?
Invalid contents in the john.conf file shouldn't matter for usage output.

BTW: line 388 is
 .include [Incremental:All]
in the [Incremental:All15] section.


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