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Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 15:09:14 -0600
From: Stephen John Smoogen <>
Subject: Re: john.conf options subsections

On 29 May 2012 14:59, magnum <> wrote:
> In Jumbo, we currently have no subsections of Options in john.conf. In
> next Jumbo (magnum-jumbo git repo), we have [Options:OpenCL]. I'm
> contemplating the introduction of a couple new ones (suggested by Frank
> several times and I think someone else too wanted it):
> [Options:Markov]
> the Markov options will be placed here
> [Options:MPI]
> the MPI tweak options will be placed here
> [Options:Jumbo]
> all remaining Jumbo-only options will be placed here
> However, this will lead to problems if people try to use an outdated
> config with a new Jumbo build. But there will likely be problems anyway,
> as the dynamic format has changed a lot. I think any user upgrading will
> need (and want) to sync his config files anyway.
> Is this OK? Or would I have to make ugly kludges for loading from
> deprecated places? If the latter, I think I'll just forget about it and
> leave it flat.

Is there a way to detect if an option file is too old? That way you
can flag it right off and say "you need to update please sir."

> magnum

Stephen J Smoogen.
"The core skill of innovators is error recovery, not failure avoidance."
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recommend pleasant. You may quote me."  —James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd

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