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Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2015 10:06:19 +0100
From: Albert Veli <>
Subject: Re: Origin of the .pot file extension

Sorry, I missed the mail with the correct answer, by magnum. An
inheritance from cracker jack's jack.pot.

On 2015-12-07 00:26, magnum wrote:
> "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."
> magnum

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