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systemd-ask-password(1) [centos man page]

SYSTEMD-ASK-PASSWORD(1) 				       systemd-ask-password					   SYSTEMD-ASK-PASSWORD(1)

NAME
systemd-ask-password - Query the user for a system password SYNOPSIS
systemd-ask-password [OPTIONS...] [MESSAGE] DESCRIPTION
systemd-ask-password may be used to query a system password or passphrase from the user, using a question message specified on the command line. When run from a TTY it will query a password on the TTY and print it to STDOUT. When run with no TTY or with --no-tty it will query the password system-wide and allow active users to respond via several agents. The latter is only available to privileged processes. The purpose of this tool is to query system-wide passwords -- that is passwords not attached to a specific user account. Examples include: unlocking encrypted hard disks when they are plugged in or at boot, entering an SSL certificate passphrase for web and VPN servers. Existing agents are: a boot-time password agent asking the user for passwords using Plymouth; a boot-time password agent querying the user directly on the console; an agent requesting password input via a wall(1) message; an agent suitable for running in a GNOME session; a command line agent which can be started temporarily to process queued password requests; a TTY agent that is temporarily spawned during systemctl(1) invocations. Additional password agents may be implemented according to the systemd Password Agent Specification[1]. If a password is queried on a TTY, the user may press TAB to hide the asterisks normally shown for each character typed. Pressing Backspace as first key achieves the same effect. OPTIONS
The following options are understood: -h, --help Prints a short help text and exits. --icon= Specify an icon name alongside the password query, which may be used in all agents supporting graphical display. The icon name should follow the XDG Icon Naming Specification[2]. --timeout= Specify the query timeout in seconds. Defaults to 90s. A timeout of 0 waits indefinitely. --no-tty Never ask for password on current TTY even if one is available. Always use agent system. --accept-cached If passed, accept cached passwords, i.e. passwords previously typed in. --multiple When used in conjunction with --accept-cached accept multiple passwords. This will output one password per line. EXIT STATUS
On success, 0 is returned, a non-zero failure code otherwise. SEE ALSO
systemd(1), systemctl(1), plymouth(8), wall(1) NOTES
1. systemd Password Agent Specification http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/PasswordAgents 2. XDG Icon Naming Specification http://standards.freedesktop.org/icon-naming-spec/icon-naming-spec-latest.html systemd 208 SYSTEMD-ASK-PASSWORD(1)

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SYSTEMD-ASK-PASSWO(1)					       systemd-ask-password					     SYSTEMD-ASK-PASSWO(1)

NAME
systemd-ask-password - Query the user for a system password SYNOPSIS
systemd-ask-password [OPTIONS...] [MESSAGE] DESCRIPTION
systemd-ask-password may be used to query a system password or passphrase from the user, using a question message specified on the command line. When run from a TTY it will query a password on the TTY and print it to STDOUT. When run with no TTY or with --no-tty it will query the password system-wide and allow active users to respond via several agents. The latter is only available to privileged processes. The purpose of this tool is to query system-wide passwords -- that is passwords not attached to a specific user account. Examples include: unlocking encrypted hard disks when they are plugged in or at boot, entering an SSL certificate passphrase for web and VPN servers. Existing agents are: a boot-time password agent asking the user for passwords using Plymouth; a boot-time password agent querying the user directly on the console; an agent requesting password input via a wall(1) message; an agent suitable for running in a GNOME session; a command line agent which can be started temporarily to process queued password requests; a TTY agent that is temporarily spawned during systemctl(1) invocations. Additional password agents may be implemented according to the systemd Password Agent Specification[1]. If a password is queried on a tty the user may press TAB to hide the asterisks normally shown for each character typed. Pressing Backspace as first key achieves the same effect. OPTIONS
The following options are understood: --h, --help Prints a short help text and exits. --icon= Specify an icon name alongside the password query, which may be used in all agents supporting graphical display. The icon name should follow the XDG Icon Naming Specification[2]. --timeout= Specify the query timeout in seconds. Defaults to 90s. --no-tty Never ask for password on current TTY even if one is available. Always use agent system. --accept-cached If passed accept cached passwords, i.e. passwords previously typed in. --multiple When used in conjunction with --accept-cached accept multiple passwords. This will output one password per line. EXIT STATUS
On success 0 is returned, a non-zero failure code otherwise. SEE ALSO
systemd(1), systemctl(1), plymouth(8), wall(1) AUTHOR
Lennart Poettering <lennart@poettering.net> Developer NOTES
1. systemd Password Agent Specification http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/PasswordAgents 2. XDG Icon Naming Specification http://standards.freedesktop.org/icon-naming-spec/icon-naming-spec-latest.html systemd 10/07/2013 SYSTEMD-ASK-PASSWO(1)

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