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Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 12:41:48 +0200
From: magnum <>
Subject: Re: Re: bug: GPU use in CPU-only formats

On 3 Jul, 2013, at 3:16 , Claudio André <> wrote:

> On 02-07-2013 22:01, Claudio André wrote:
>>> > Can't we do all initial "opening" of anything GPU-related in the
>>> > format's init(), if the format is GPU-enabled, and not any sooner?
>>> > 
>>> > Perhaps there's some implementation difficulty that I am missing.
>> It is possible, but if the user ask for -dev=7, i have to check if there is such device, counting all available devices in each platform. 
> As Jim showed us recently (on john-users), a listed device is not an available device. You have to create a context to get its real situation.
>> diff --git a/src/john.c b/src/john.c
>> index ec79393..9187391 100644
>> --- a/src/john.c
>>  #ifdef HAVE_OPENCL
>>      if (any_opencl_device_exists()) {
>>          john_register_one(&fmt_opencl_NSLDAPS);
> As you can see above, JtR only register and list an OpenCL format if the user can use it (devices detected). If we do nothing during initialization, we can't do a check like this. 

Yes, bleeding currently does not even list opencl formats if you type just "./john" using an opencl build but on a platform with no valid devices. But this is actually a bit confusing, it may be better to still list them.

I tried this yesterday:
* drop the "if (any_opencl_device_exists())" quoted above [so we always register the opencl formats].
* also drop the init_opencl_devices() from john.c.
* add that initialization to opencl_init_opt() [which is called by format's init] instead, but only at first invocation.
* make clean_opencl_environment() safe to call without being initialized in the first place.

For some reason, it didn't work but it's gotta be just a minor detail. The idea is that absolutely no OpenCL code is called until calling an opencl-format's init(). If we at that point find that the --device option is invalid, we'll bail out at that point. If that is after 10 seconds of loading millions of hashes, so be it.


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