Master Password command line

  • Dave Griffin

    Dave Griffin - 2013-07-30


    I've just started using password safe (thank you!) and a question on shared databases:

    Can I pass the master password on the command line, to start up a new instance of pwsafe to open the shared database? That would enable me to set up an 'run command' from my private database, to open the shared database.


  • Dave Griffin

    Dave Griffin - 2013-08-20

    Any thoughts on this one, or should I just raise it as a feature request?

  • Rony Shapiro

    Rony Shapiro - 2013-08-24

    Setting up such a 'run command' means that the master password would be stored in the clear on your machine, ready to be seen by anyone passing by while you're away.

    In general, anything entered on the command line is persistently visible (e.g., in the history of the command prompt). Doesn't seem like a good idea, security-wise.

  • Dave Griffin

    Dave Griffin - 2013-08-27

    I'm not storing the password in clear, I'd be storing it in passwordsafe - this is to allow me to setup a runCommand within my personal DB, to access a secondary, shared DB.

    or am I missing a trick here and I can set it to use autotype? Will have to recheck that.

  • Dave Griffin

    Dave Griffin - 2013-08-27

    ah! I'd noticed the right click menu option for 'URL+autotype', and wondered why there wasnt a 'Run Command +autotype', but hadn't realised you could embed "${autotype} into the Run Command itself to achieve the same effect. Why not have the extra menu option for consistency?

    This perhaps wants to be hinted at somewhere in the help file then:

    Sample of how to open up another PasswordSafe instance securely:

    Autotype: \p\n
    RunCmd: {autotype}"${appdir}\pwsafe.exe" \UNC\path\to\database.psafe3

    That does exactly what I was after. :-)

  • Rony Shapiro

    Rony Shapiro - 2013-08-27


    Hopefully a future version will have more elegant support for this.


  • Dave Griffin

    Dave Griffin - 2013-08-27

    Chucking that 'sample' into the help file should cover it really.

  • Rony Shapiro

    Rony Shapiro - 2013-09-05

    The Run Command page on the help file now has this example, duly credited.

    Actually, the example is:
    ${autotype}(\p\n)"${appdir}\pwsafe.exe" \UNC\path\to\database.psafe3


  • Dave Griffin

    Dave Griffin - 2013-09-05

    Many thanks, and of course, putting the non-default autotype in their makes it all so much easier !


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