generating random passwords

Roland Smith rsmith at
Wed Jun 11 16:14:39 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 09:20:30AM +0200, Zbigniew Szalbot wrote:
> Hello,
> Excuse me my ignorance. Is there a utility in FreeBSD that would allow 
> me to generate random passwords without actually creating any accounts 
> or modifying existing ones? I am looking for something to allow me to 
> generate a random string of characters. I know I can randomly hit the 
> keyboard but if anything like that exists, many thanks for your advice. :)

Using FreeBSD's random device:
tcsh syntax:
( dd if=/dev/random bs=6 count=1 | openssl base64 > /dev/tty ) > & /dev/null

sh syntax:
dd if=/dev/random bs=6 count=1 2>/dev/null| openssl base64

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