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       plymouth - Mandos plugin to use plymouth to get a password.




       This program prompts for a password using plymouth(8) and outputs any given password to
       standard output. If no plymouth(8) process can be found, this program will immediately
       exit with an exit code indicating failure.

       This program is not very useful on its own. This program is really meant to run as a
       plugin in the Mandos client-side system, where it is used as a fallback and alternative to
       retrieving passwords from a Mandos server.

       If this program is killed (presumably by plugin-runner(8mandos) because some other plugin
       provided the password), it cannot tell plymouth(8) to abort requesting a password, because
       plymouth(8) does not support this. Therefore, this program will then kill the running
       plymouth(8) process and start a new one using the same command line arguments as the old
       one was using.


       This program takes no options.


       If exit status is 0, the output from the program is the password as it was read.
       Otherwise, if exit status is other than 0, the program was interrupted or encountered an
       error, and any output so far could be corrupt and/or truncated, and should therefore be


       cryptsource, crypttarget
           If set, these environment variables will be assumed to contain the source device name
           and the target device mapper name, respectively, and will be shown as part of the

           These variables will normally be inherited from plugin-runner(8mandos), which will
           normally have inherited them from /scripts/local-top/cryptroot in the initial RAM disk
           environment, which will have set them from parsing kernel arguments and
           /conf/conf.d/cryptroot (also in the initial RAM disk environment), which in turn will
           have been created when the initial RAM disk image was created by
           /usr/share/initramfs-tools/hooks/cryptroot, by extracting the information of the root
           file system from /etc/crypttab.

           This behavior is meant to exactly mirror the behavior of askpass, the default password


           This is the command run to retrieve a password from plymouth(8).

           To find the running plymouth(8), this directory will be searched for numeric entries
           which will be assumed to be directories. In all those directories, the exe and cmdline
           entries will be used to determine the name of the running binary, effective user and
           group ID, and the command line arguments. See proc(5).

           This is the name of the binary which will be searched for in the process list. See


       Killing the plymouth(8) daemon and starting a new one is ugly, but necessary as long as it
       does not support aborting a password request.


       Note that normally, this program will not be invoked directly, but instead started by the
       Mandos plugin-runner(8mandos).

       This program takes no options.



       If this program is killed by a signal, it will kill the process ID which at the start of
       this program was determined to run plymouth(8) as root (see also the section called
       “FILES”). There is a very slight risk that, in the time between those events, that process
       ID was freed and then taken up by another process; the wrong process would then be killed.
       Now, this program can only be killed by the user who started it; see plugin-
       runner(8mandos). This program should therefore be started by a completely separate
       non-privileged user, and no other programs should be allowed to run as that special user.
       This means that it is not recommended to use the user "nobody" to start this program, as
       other possibly less trusted programs could be running as "nobody", and they would then be
       able to kill this program, triggering the killing of the process ID which may or may not
       be plymouth(8).

       The only other thing that could be considered worthy of note is this: This program is
       meant to be run by plugin-runner(8mandos), and will, when run standalone, outside, in a
       normal environment, immediately output on its standard output any presumably secret
       password it just received. Therefore, when running this program standalone (which should
       never normally be done), take care not to type in any real secret password by force of
       habit, since it would then immediately be shown as output.


       intro(8mandos), crypttab(5), plugin-runner(8mandos), proc(5), plymouth(8)


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