Provided by: pwgen_2.08-1_amd64 bug


       pwgen - generate pronounceable passwords


       pwgen [ OPTION ] [ pw_length ] [ num_pw ]


       The pwgen program generates passwords which are designed to be easily memorized by humans,
       while being as secure as possible.  Human-memorable passwords are never  going  to  be  as
       secure  as  completely completely random passwords.  In particular, passwords generated by
       pwgen without the -s option should not be used in  places  where  the  password  could  be
       attacked  via  an  off-line  brute-force  attack.   On the other hand, completely randomly
       generated  passwords have a tendency  to  be  written  down,  and  are  subject  to  being
       compromised in that fashion.

       The pwgen program is designed to be used both interactively, and in shell scripts.  Hence,
       its default behavior differs depending on whether the standard output is a tty device or a
       pipe to another program.  Used interactively, pwgen will display a screenful of passwords,
       allowing the user to pick a single password, and then  quickly  erase  the  screen.   This
       prevents someone from being able to "shoulder surf" the user's chosen password.

       When standard output (stdout) is not a tty, pwgen will only generate one password, as this
       tends to be much more convenient for shell scripts, and in order  to  be  compatible  with
       previous versions of this program.


       -0, --no-numerals
              Don't include numbers in the generated passwords.

       -1     Print the generated passwords one per line.

       -A, --no-capitalize
              Don't bother to include any capital letters in the generated passwords.

       -a, --alt-phonics
              This  option  doesn't  do  anything  special;  it  is  present  only  for backwards

       -B, --ambiguous
              Don't use characters that could be confused by the user when printed, such  as  'l'
              and   '1',  or  '0'  or  'O'.   This  reduces  the  number  of  possible  passwords
              significantly, and as such reduces the quality of the passwords.  It may be  useful
              for  users  who  have  bad  vision,  but  in  general  use  of  this  option is not

       -c, --capitalize
              Include at least one capital letter in the password.  This is the  default  if  the
              standard output is a tty device.

       -C     Print  the  generated  passwords  in  columns.  This is the default if the standard
              output is a tty device.

       -N, --num-passwords=num
              Generate num passwords.  This defaults to a screenful if passwords are  printed  by
              columns, and one password otherwise.

       -n, --numerals
              Include  at  least one number in the password.  This is the default if the standard
              output is a tty device.

       -H, --sha1=/path/to/file[#seed]
              Will use the sha1's hash of given file and the optional seed to create password. It
              will  allow you to compute the same password later, if you remember the file, seed,
              and pwgen's options used.  ie: pwgen -H ~/ gives  a
              list  of possibles passwords for your pop3 account, and you can ask this list again
              and again.

              WARNING: The passwords generated using this option are not very random.  If you use
              this  option, make sure the attacker can not obtain a copy of the file.  Also, note
              that the name  of  the  file  may  be  easily  available  from  the  ~/.history  or
              ~/.bash_history file.

       -h, --help
              Print a help message.

       -r chars, --remove-chars=chars
              Don't  use  the  specified  characters  in  password.  This option will disable the
              phomeme-based generator and uses the random password generator.

       -s, --secure
              Generate completely random, hard-to-memorize passwords.  These should only be  used
              for  machine  passwords,  since  otherwise  it's  almost guaranteed that users will
              simply write the password on a piece of paper taped to the monitor...

       -v, --no-vowels
              Generate random passwords that do not contain  vowels  or  numbers  that  might  be
              mistaken   for   vowels.   It  provides  less  secure  passwords  to  allow  system
              administrators to not have to worry  with  random  passwords  accidentally  contain
              offensive substrings.

       -y, --symbols
              Include at least one special character in the password.


       This  version  of pwgen was written by Theodore Ts'o <>.  It is modelled
       after a program originally written by Brandon  S.  Allbery,  and  then  later  extensively
       modified  by Olaf Titz,  Jim Lynch, and others.  It was rewritten from scratch by Theodore
       Ts'o because the original program was somewhat of a hack, and thus hard to  maintain,  and
       because the licensing status of the program was unclear.