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I wrote following script, which generate random password and store it in file

pass1=</dev/urandom tr -dc _A-Z-a-z-0-9|head -c8
echo $pass1
echo "$pass1" >/tmp/a

Above script printing generated password through "echo $pass1" command. But nothing getting stored inside created /tmp/a file .

Please let me know whats wrong i am doing.

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Are you missing a pipe between urandom and tr? – jscott Jun 22 '12 at 15:57
@jscott, this is a unique usage of the < operator – Mike Pennington Jun 22 '12 at 16:00
@MikePennington Thanks for that, I was trying to work through the syntax and what the expected output is... Both the OP's and your examples produce tr errors for me. – jscott Jun 22 '12 at 16:03
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It's not necessary to store the password in an intermediate variable. You only need this line in your shell script

</dev/urandom tr -dc _A-Z-a-z-0-9|head -c8 > /tmp/a

I saved as, made permissions 755, and executed it under linux...

[mpenning@chestnut ~]$ uname -a
Linux #1 SMP Fri Sep 2 12:42:23 PDT 2011 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[mpenning@chestnut ~]$ ./
[mpenning@chestnut ~]$ cat /tmp/a
qAUezN0-[mpenning@chestnut ~]$
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This gives me: tr: write error: Broken pipe tr: write error – jscott Jun 22 '12 at 16:00
hmm works in cygwin and linux... see my edit – Mike Pennington Jun 22 '12 at 16:01
Thanks , this worked for me </dev/urandom tr -dc _A-Z-a-z-0-9|head -c8 > /tmp/a – vnix27 Jun 22 '12 at 16:09
Oh my, I'm still getting the tr errors, yet /tmp/a is created and contains the expected data. Odd, must be something screwy in my shell. +1 – jscott Jun 22 '12 at 16:11
@vnix27, FYI... there is also the mkpasswd command on most linux systems, but I like the control tr gives me – Mike Pennington Jun 22 '12 at 16:18

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