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Date: Thu, 17 May 2012 20:54:46 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: external mode variables (was: bash auto-completion for john)

On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 09:11:10AM +0200, Frank Dittrich wrote:
> (BTW: is there any documentation which john variables can be accessed
> from external mode?)

doc/EXTERNAL in 1.7.9 says this:

	Pre-defined variables.

Besides the "word" variable documented above, John the Ripper 1.7.9 and
newer pre-defines two additional variables: "abort" and "status", both
of type "int".  When set to 1 by an external mode, these cause the
current cracking session to be aborted or the status line to be
displayed (just like on a keypress), respectively.  These actions are
taken after having tested at least all of the candidate passwords that
were in external mode's "word" so far.  In other words, the actions may
be delayed in order to process any buffered candidate passwords.


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