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Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:50:05 +0100
From: colin wright <>
Subject: Traouble getting started - can anyone offer advice?

Hi everyone,

Before you ask, yes, I've read the FAQ, and I've tried *all* the suggestions 
there.  I'm just wondering if there's something obvious I'm missing, but I 
can't get john to recognise the hashes in the password file I'm using.  I get 
the message:

	No password hashes loaded (see FAQ)

Right, so, some details.

I'm on Ubuntu 11.04, and I've downloaded, compiled, and tested john-1.7.9.  
Here's a complete list of my commands and their output.  I've snipped the 
output from the make, but it seems to make clean, and finished with removal 
of a few binaries and the replacement of them with soft-links.


$ ll

-rw-r--r-- 1 user user  717505 2012-08-26 22:18 john-1.7.9.tar.bz2
-rw-r--r-- 1 user user     353 2012-08-26 22:18 john-1.7.9.tar.bz2.sign

$ gpg --verify john-1.7.9.tar.bz2.sign john-1.7.9.tar.bz2
gpg: Signature made Wed 23 Nov 2011 11:38:48 GMT using RSA key ID 295029F1
gpg: Good signature from "Openwall Project <>"
gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
gpg:          There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
Primary key fingerprint: 0C 29 43 AE 1E CD 24 EA  6E 0C B6 EE F5 84 25 69

$ tar jxf john-1.7.9.tar.bz2
$ cd john-1.7.9/src
$ make clean generic

<snip output>

rm -f ../run/unshadow
ln -s john ../run/unshadow
rm -f ../run/unafs
ln -s john ../run/unafs
rm -f ../run/unique
ln -s john ../run/unique
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/user/john/john-1.7.9/src'

$ cd ../run
$ ll john

-rwxr-xr-x 1 user user 207068 2012-08-29 14:37 john*

$ sudo unshadow /etc/passwd /etc/shadow > mypasswd
$ sudo chown user: mypasswd
$ cat mypasswd


$ ./john mypasswd

No password hashes loaded (see FAQ)


I've also tried downloading the "jumbo" version, but the make fails on that, 
and it would be good to get the vanilla version working first anyway.




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