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Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 19:57:50 +0200
From: magnum <>
Subject: Re: openmpi 1.4.3 and JTR 1.7.7 error compiling

On 2011-05-10 16:51, Solar Designer wrote:
> magnum - just why did the older version of MPI that W.A. has been using
> for a long time with older versions of JtR and the MPI patch suddenly
> become inappropriate for the new version of JtR and/or for the new MPI
> patch?  This was unexpected to me.  I think there's something wrong
> about it.  Maybe there's a bug somewhere in the patch, which needs to be
> fixed, and W.A. should continue using his version 1.2.8 of Open MPI?

The MPI patch for john, afaik, supports any stone-age MPI environment. 
In fact it has workarounds for a couple of problems with specific MPI 
environments (the few that was reported to me or the list). But it is 
generally a very good idea to use the latest stable one.

W.A. had a spectacular crash triggered just by the fact he forgot to say 
"--pot" before the potfile, thus giving a non-existing input file. I 
suspected it had nothing to do with john but the MPI environment. I also 
thought Macs had some kind of packet manager or other means of easy 
installation/upgrade - if I had realised how much trouble WA would have 
upgrading, I would not have given that advice that soon.


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