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Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 06:47:37 +0100
From: "Frank Dittrich" <>
Subject: Re: john the ripper output

Hendrik May wrote:
>not really sure if john writes the john.pot while its running,

Of course, john is savin the passwords in john.pot while running.
(IIRC, every 10 minutes.)
John also stores the current state in the .rec file and logs the
progress in the .log file. (john.rec and john.log being the default,
unless you use --session=session_name.)

just tail -f the log file and john.pot for progress info, or
use john --show pwfile or john --status [ --session=session_name ]

If you want to see the current status, and not one which is
up to 10 minutes old, use kill -s 1 pid_of_john_session
before using john --show pwfile.

Regards, Frank

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