Using urandom to Generate Password

Frequently, I’ll use password generator websites to create some pseudo-random string of characters for system accounts, database replication,etc. But sometimes the Internet isn’t readily available … and you can create a decent password right from the Linux command line using urandom.

If you want pretty much any “normal” character, use tr to pull out all of the other characters:

'\11\12\40-\176'

Or remove anything outside of upper case, lower case, and number characters using

a-zA-Z0-9

Pass the output to head to grab however many characters you actually want. Voila — a quick password.

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