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November 21, 2004

Building pwgen on Mac OS X 10.3

pwgen is a handy command-line tool to generate passwords with a number of options that control the complexity, length and number of the generated passwords. This article shows how to build pwgen on Mac OS X 10.3 using the latest source at the time of writing, pwgen 2.03.

As per usual, you need the Xcode Tools installed, and wget if you want to use that to pull down the source archive. Lines beginning with hash/pound (#) are comments and don't need to be entered:

# make working directory
mkdir pwgen
cd pwgen

# fetch, extract and build the source wget http://puzzle.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/pwgen/pwgen-2.03.tar.gz tar xzvf pwgen-2.03.tar.gz cd pwgen-2.03/ ./configure make
# test the built executable ./pwgen ./pwgen -h
# install the built executable (into /usr/local/bin/) sudo make install

Posted by wincent at November 21, 2004 03:16 AM