What's the best way to test a long list of passphrases?

Reid Thompson reid.thompson at ateb.com
Fri Oct 8 14:32:58 CEST 2010

On Thu, 2010-10-07 at 20:02 -0400, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> On 10/7/2010 7:08 PM, Reid Thompson wrote:
> > given that -- split the file into 5? chunks and kick off 5? copies of
> > the script
> Given the amount of time required to write a multithreaded application
> that intelligently divides up work units across cores, versus the eight
> hours for a single-threaded, single-cored version...
> There's an old rule of thumb about not using more hammer than you need
> for a given nail.  Tacks get tackhammers and railroad spikes get
> sledgehammers, but it's foolish to drive tacks with sledges or spikes
> with tackhammers.
> This is a tack problem.  Use a tackhammer.

sorry -- my assumption was that he'd already generated the 30k entry
passphrase file

n = wc -l passphrasefile
split -l n  passphrase file -> aaa aab aac aad aae

kick off a script for each aaX

5 tackhammers

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