Files in the top-level directory of check-in trunk
PWMan Password Manager
PWMan is a password manager which uses gpg encryption to safeguard your data.
It provides a simple and easy to use command line (NCurses) interface to
manage, store, search and retrieve your passwords.
The look and feel is based on Jaakko Heinonen's abook.
PWMan is distributed as source files, and hence needs to be compiled and
installed manually. Installation configuration should check and bring in
all dependencies for you, but ensure you have the following development
libraries on your machine before commencing (as configuration will need
to be restarted from the beginning each time a dependency fails):
* gcc or some other C compiler
* libc6 standard C development libraries
* ncurses development libraries
* libxml2 GNOME XML library
You can install all of these on e.g. Ubuntu with the following command:
% sudo apt-get install libc6-dev libncurses5-dev libxml2 gcc
Or on Fedora with:
% sudo yum install glibc-devel ncurses-devel libxml2-devel gcc
If building from the repository source, as opposed to a zipped (*.tar.gz)
release it will be necessary to generate the Makefile and configure file in
order to proceed with complition and installation. Run:
% automake --add-missing
Depening on your version of automake, you may receive a warning such as "You
should recreate aclocal.m4 with aclocal and run automake again", in which case
% automake --add-missing
COMPILATION AND INSTALLATION
All tasks related to compilation, deployment etc. are managed by the C
utility make. First, configure the process: from within the top-level
directory of the distribution run
If you already have all the necessary dependencies installed then this
will run its course with no errors; otherwise try to fix any failed
dependencies (on Ubuntu, this will always be possible using standard
Then run the following sequence of commands to compile, check and then
install the compiled binary:
% make check
% sudo make install
More detailed information, including other make options, can be found
in the INSTALL file included in this distribution.
Because pwman is installed separately from standard package management, you
will need to take note of the files mentioned during "sudo make install"
above in order to roll the installation back. As of v0.4.0, these are:
BEFORE USING PWMAN
While compilation does not directly require it, usage relies on Gnu Privacy
Guard (gpg) being installed. You will need to specify a GnuPG ID the
first time a user runs pwman, so this must be set up beforehand.
There is more information on the gpg manpage, but you can probably just run
% gpg --gen-key
and follow the on-screen instructions.
When you first run pwman, it will prompt you for several things:
* GnuPG ID
This is the ID of the GnuPG identity that will be used to encrypt the
password database. You can specify this as your email address, or as
the 8 (hex) digit key ID
See http://www.dewinter.com/gnupg_howto/english/GPGMiniHowto.html if you
are new to GnuPG, and need help importing or creating keys.
* Path to GnuPG
PWMan needs to call GnuPG, to get it to decrypt and encrypt the password
database. So, you need to tell PWMan where to find your copy of pgp
* Password Database File
This is the filename to use for storing your password database in.
* Passphrase Timeout
PWMan only remembers your GnuPG password for a limted amount of time. After
this period has elapsed, you will need to re-enter it. This timeout is
there as a security measure, in case you wander off from your computer
without logging out.
These configuration settings will be written to your home directory. You can
change them at any time by running pwman, and pressing 'o' at any time.
Currently, all versions of pwman use the same encryption scheme (gpg) and
the same XML format. As such, to upgrade, simply drop in the new binary.
Once pwman is running, and you have entered your (GnuPG) passphrase, you can
hit '?' to get up the program help. This will tell you what all the keys are
to perform actions in pwman.
All files in this distribution are released under the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC
See COPYING FOR DETAILS.
Send bugreports, fixes, wishes etc. to Nick Burch <email@example.com>