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Console Password Manager

I'd been looking for a fairly secure way to store an increasing number of passwords. There's a large number of methods one can use. While the most secure might be an encrypted file on a system that has no network access, I do want to have access to the information over a network while I'm traveling. Remote access makes using a graphical client a poor choice.

After a moderate search and trying a number of candidates, I settled on Console Password Manger (CPM) written by Harry Brueckner. It's close to an ideal match to my needs: it's console-based, had an emphasis on security and uses my existing GPG key for encryption. The program is maintained and I've had no issues while using the last three beta versions of the program. Thanks, Harry for the very good tool. Recommended.

Comments (4)


PCM looks nice. Maybe it's time to look for a replacement for "pwman". Although I've been very pleased with it, it hasn't been maintained for some years now. So PCM looks like it's a worthy replacement. :)

As I needed non-free OS support I went for PasswordSafe (http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/) . There is even a debian package that allows you to read and write passwords from the console and there is even an tcl/tk port (http://www.fpx.de/fp/Software/Gorilla/) out there.

Now I only need a palm version...


If you're an emacs user, just read your GPG-encrypted (--symmetric) file right in using crypt++. I've been doing this for several years despite an undocumented change in XEmacs that left me with blank buffers, solved only yesterday, http://bugs.debian.org/250314".

I find it the most convenient because I'm always in XEmacs anyway, I know how to search, etc.

Thanks, CPM i just what I was looking for. Simple and fast (as it's console based).

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