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The first grep rejects capitalised words since the dict has proper nouns in it that you mightn't want to use. The second grep rejects words with ending in apostrophe s, and the third forces the words to be at least 15 characters long.
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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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