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Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:35:53 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Cc: Eric Allione <>
Subject: Re: [Mac OS 10.9.4, John the Ripper Pro] cannot find after install

Hi Eric,

I've refunded your purchase based on your off-list request, but to
answer your questions for others on john-users or reading the archives:

On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 06:45:01AM -1000, Eric Allione wrote:
> I just purchased John the Ripper Pro along with the word list. After
> clicking the the DMG file and going through the motions, it said it was
> finished installing. However I cannot find any trace of this program on my
> computer. I tried reinstalling it and again it said it was finished
> installing, but it's no where to be found on the search or the application
> list.

It installs under your user account's home directory.  This is an
installation mode Mac OS X supports starting with version 10.5.  We find
such user-local installation more appropriate for this specialized
application, as opposed to "polluting" the entire system.

In fact, the documentation says:

To install the application, double-click the installer application and
follow the prompts.  John the Ripper is installed in a directory called
John_Pro in your home directory.

To run the application, double-click on the Run_John AppleScript.  This
will open a terminal window with the correct settings, allowing you to
type "john" to run the program and see a list of the command-line
options.  Make sure to read the documentation distributed with this
program.  The documentation is found in the "doc" subdirectory.

> I did not add the word pack (I am not sure how yet). Are there supposed to
> be some commands that work in the terminal now that I installed that DMG
> file?

John the Ripper Pro already includes and is pre-configured to use a
wordlist that is good enough for you to get started.  The per-language
wordlists are in case you need to run a more focused attack, e.g.
enabling you to test more variations of words from a certain language in
the same amount of time than you would be able to with the generic
wordlist.  There are other uses of this sort as well.

To use a specific wordlist, you'd use either the --wordlist option (and
provide the wordlist filename as parameter) or edit the "Wordlist = "
line in john.conf.  This is described in the included documentation.

> I'm a little concerned about what I did to this new Mac server,

No changes to the system have been made.  This is one of the reasons why
we prefer those user-local installs.

> aside from whether I wasted $100

You did not: we offer unconditional refunds.

Best regards,


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