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Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2018 23:08:55 +0200
From: magnum <>
Subject: Re: Compilation JTR mac

On 2018-08-30 10:36, Albert Veli wrote:
> There are many homebrew users that stumble on exactly this issue. I think
> we should add the homebrew OpenSSL location to the search path. At least if
> it detects we are running under Darwin.

We (sadly as in royal we) have now pushed a fix for this. It simply 
added /usr/local/opt/openssl/ to the search paths for "lib" and 
"include" and this works fine with Homebrew. If anyone is using Macports 
or whatever it's called and this still doesn't work - please shout and 
we'll look into it (you'll need to supply some information about how to 
fix it as well - royal we can't be arsed to try it out).

To achieve this we had to disable pkg-config by default, because it's 
broken. Actually we can't remember having seen a non-broken pkg-config 
in our entire lifes so it's probably a good thing in most cases but it 
might break SOME other system (like, who knows what - Sparc with GNU 
addons?) so you could need to add --enable-pkg-config to the configure 
options on such system. We'd be interested in getting to know of that as 
well. Not wildly, but at least mildly.


> On Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 10:38 PM magnum <> wrote:
>> On 2018-08-29 20:44, xxx xxx wrote:
>>> Hi Magnum
>>> Why does not john the ripper search for what he needs?
>>> We just want to type "install" and that's it!
>> The configure script does search in a number of standard places (most
>> notably /usr/include and /usr/local/include but also a few more IIRC)
>> and it works fine on most other OS's as far as I know. I have no idea
>> why Homebrew and perhaps some others opt not to place it in
>> /usr/local/include (OK admittedly I do know but I don't agree and it's
>> another story).
>> We can't just go searching the whole file space - that could take AGES
>> and there's also the chance we'd end up using some version that was not
>> meant to be used, like down a 7 year old backup folder of your
>> sister-in-law's ex-boyfriend's old PC. Obviously we could search
>> whatever would be the canonical place for explicitly finding Homebrew
>> libs, but IMHO *they* should fix it. Or perhaps I'm missing some clever
>> detail?
>> On a side note there's a Homebrew package called john-jumbo but I
>> believe that's the pre-archaic 1.8.0-jumbo-1 so better stay away from
>> that. In this case they'd be better off using latest snapshot at any
>> given time instead.
>>> I don’t want read complex code, I’M STILL NEWBIE (since 2010) :)
>> We know. Somehow you always make me smile :-)
>> magnum
>>>> Le 29 août 2018 à 20:25, magnum <> a écrit :
>>>> On 2018-08-29 20:02, xxx xxx wrote:
>>>>> I’m back,
>>>> Great!
>>>>> I would like compile JTR on Mac (OS X High Sierra 10.13.6 (17G65))
>>>>> I have openSSL installed
>>>>> iMac-de-xxx:~ xxx$ openssl version
>>>>> OpenSSL 1.0.2p  14 Aug 2018
>>>>> I get this error :
>>>>> configure: error: in
>> `/Users/xxx/Desktop/JohnTheRipper-bleeding-jumbo/src':
>>>>> configure: error: JtR requires libssl being installed
>>>>> See `config.log' for more details
>>>>> Could you help ?
>>>> You probably need to tell ./configure where your OpenSSL headers are
>> located. There's an example for macOS in the last section of doc/INSTALL.
>>>> magnum

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