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Date: Thu, 7 May 2015 17:46:35 +0300
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Session names somename.[0-9]+ shouldn't be allowed

On Wed, May 06, 2015 at 11:57:11PM +0200, Frank Dittrich wrote:
> On 05/06/2015 08:26 PM, Solar Designer wrote:
> > On Wed, May 06, 2015 at 06:21:14PM +0200, Frank Dittrich wrote:
> >> You don't even allow --session=test.md5crypt anymore.
> > 
> > Yes.  I'd rather not.  Let's keep the dot reserved for filename suffixes
> > added by John.
> Even worse, this breaks the JtR test suite.
> The test suite is located in a test subdir at the same level as run and src.
> In this case, uses --session=./tst to make sure the .rec and
> .log files remain in the test subdir, even if the john binary is located
> in ../run/.
> So, dots in the path name should be allowed.

Ouch.  I'd rather not.  As I just wrote in another message, this was
never supposed to work that way.  The option specifies session names,
not pathnames.

However, I am open to discussing and possibly changing this, if there
are good reasons to allow for pathnames there.


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