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Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2012 19:16:59 +0000 (UTC)
From: Tom <>
Subject: Trying to understand output of john -status

When I type the following command while john is running I get the following.

# john -status=john
 guesses: 0 time: 8:20:31:52 0%00% (3) c/s: 4068

I don't know how to interpret this but it looks like nothing is happening.
When I press the space bar on the terminal window it does give me the current 
PW it's tryng. 

If I cat the john.pot file it shows me some passwords. 

However when I type the following I get the following, 

john --show john
4 password hashes cracked, 0 left

The john program continues to work, as I mentioned when I press the space bar 
it shows me the current try. 
I also know that that the shadow file has more passwords. I can see names in 
the list with encrypted pw's in it.

I have been running this for about 2 months. Can anyone help me to understand 
the results of my various commands.

Should I leave it running ? And allow it to keep trying the rest of the 

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