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Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2015 00:26:54 +0100
From: magnum <>
Subject: Re: Origin of the .pot file extension

On 2015-12-06 23:09, Matt Weir wrote:
> This is a bit off topic, but I was wondering if there was any story
> surrounding choosing '.pot' as the file extension for JtR's cracked
> password file? I assume the 'P' stands for password but I'm stumped when it
> comes to the 'ot'.

In Solar said:

"John the Ripper 1.0 was released in 1996 as a drop-in replacement for
Cracker Jack under DOS.  It was built with DJGPP, requiring 386+ and
optimized for the original Pentium and to a lesser extent for 486.
(Initially, I called it Cracker John, but a friend suggested the name
John the Ripper.)  This also explains the john.pot filename - obviously,
it was jack.pot in Cracker Jack."


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