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Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:
There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!
The improvement of this command over Strawp's original alternative is that you can specify the size of the words, in this particular case words between 3 and 5 character's long. It also excludes words that contain apostrophes, if you'd rather keep those words simply substitue [^'] for .
This is what I came up to generate XKCD #936 style four-word password.
Since first letter of every word is capitalized it looks a bit more readable to my eyes.
Also strips single quotes.
And yes - regex is a bit of a kludge, but that's the bes i could think of.
So I use OSX and don't have the shuf command. This is what I could come up with.
This command assumes /usr/share/dict/words does not surpass 137,817,948 lines and line selection is NOT uniformly random.
This does the same thing that the command 'j_melis' submitted, but does it a lot quicker.
That command takes 43 seconds to complete on my system, while the command I submitted takes 6 seconds.
If you can do better, submit your command here.
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