command line usage under a hosted linux VPS

  • Kob

    Kob - 2013-12-07

    I am trying to run PWS using the command line under a debian-based remote VPS (connecting with SSH).
    Can't get it to work.

    I downloaded the 0.92 beta .deb package (for ubuntu LTS), installed it (with all the required dependencies), and then tried to encrypt a sample file from the command line:

    root@x1:/usr/share/doc/passwordsafe# /usr/bin/pwsafe -e test.txt

    This is what I'm getting:

    Current locale doesn't support UTF-8
    Error: Unable to initialize gtk, is DISPLAY set properly?

    Howerver, I've set my locale using "dpkg-reconfigure locales" and checked the results:

    root@x1:/usr/share/doc/passwordsafe# locale -a

    So my question is: can PWS run in such a remote environment (no GUI) and if yes, how can I make it work?

    P.S. I could not locate anywhere the linux installation instructions

    Last edit: Kob 2013-12-07
    • Johan Vromans

      Johan Vromans - 2013-12-07

      "Kob" writes:

      So my question is: can PWS run in such a remote environment (no GUI)
      and if yes, how can I make it work?

      Yes and no.

      There are several programs called 'pwsafe'. Apparently you have
      installed a GUI version.

      A command line version is e.g.
      but I cannot comment on whether it still works since it's rather old.

      Maybe someone else has other suggestions?

      BTW: If your sole purpose is to encrypt/decrypt arbitrary files you can
      better use a tool like GPG.

      -- Johan

  • Rony Shapiro

    Rony Shapiro - 2013-12-07

    Several things to consider here:
    1. The pwsafe deb package here is for GUI. The error messages that you get are related to that.
    2. I don't think '-e' and '-d' are supported in the Linux build.
    3. As Johan wrote, if you just want to encrypt/decrypt files for yourself, gpg is probably a better choice.
    4. It's possible to build a command-line-only version of pwsafe, but not as a deb package, at least, not without some work.

  • Kob

    Kob - 2013-12-07

    Johan / Rony - thank you for the helpful comments.

    I've tried to go with something quick that I know and trust - and this is PWS. I am not that familiar with GPG (I thought erroneously that it was only for asymmetric encryption), and did not feel like using openssl.
    I may still test the PWS version Johan pointed to, and if unsuccessful will probably go with your recommendation - GPG.

    Thanks again.


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