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Old 07-22-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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Registering in Arch Linux Forums


I was going to register with Arch Linux Forums. However, I could not because the site requires one to solve a riddle. The posts that enabled me to solve the post, no longer exist.

Here is the riddle:
What is the output of "date -u +%W$(uname)|sha256sum|sed 's/\W//g'"?(Required)

What is uname? is it kernel version oruser name?
Either way the result is a locked non functional terminal.
Please help
 
Old 07-22-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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I was going to register with Arch Linux Forums. However, I could not because the site requires one to solve a riddle. The posts that enabled me to solve the post, no longer exist.

Here is the riddle:
What is the output of "date -u +%W$(uname)|sha256sum|sed 's/\W//g'"?(Required)

What is uname? is it kernel version oruser name?
Either way the result is a locked non functional terminal.
Please help

That is a tricky captcha (see this thread) used in the registration form. `uname` is a tool for printing various system information.

Anyhow, it's pretty straightforward and simply executing the command in a shell will give you the answer.

Hope that helps
 
Old 07-22-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
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Seems rather complex way to join. What if a newbie wanted to join?
 
Old 07-22-2012, 05:52 PM   #4
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Looks like you probably missed the last single-quote off the end, if you execute the following it should work:
Code:
date -u +%W$(uname)|sha256sum|sed 's/\W//g'
I agree with jefro that it's an odd thing to ask new users to do.
 
Old 07-22-2012, 06:04 PM   #5
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Arch Linux has its own principles and philosophy and strives to keep that way. It expects its users to be enough competitive to understand and answer the captcha so they can register to the boards.

Anyhow, there were many trolls and spammers out there registering only to troll so that was the main reason of implementing that feature. For more information see the thread I posted in my previous reply.
 
Old 07-22-2012, 06:25 PM   #6
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While it kind of requires some Linux knowledge to answer the "riddle" this
thread is about Arch forums, and as such belongs in GENERAL. Hence that's
where it's getting moved to.

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Old 07-22-2012, 08:28 PM   #7
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That is a tricky captcha (see this thread) used in the registration form. `uname` is a tool for printing various system information.

Anyhow, it's pretty straightforward and simply executing the command in a shell will give you the answer.

Hope that helps
Thanks. To precisely condense and restate what you've written, you're saying copy & paste.
 
Old 07-22-2012, 08:33 PM   #8
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Looks like you probably missed the last single-quote off the end, if you execute the following it should work:
Code:
date -u +%W$(uname)|sha256sum|sed 's/\W//g'
I agree with jefro that it's an odd thing to ask new users to do.
Thanks so much! You've solved this for me. It seems like it was a copy & paste error on my part. I was thrown off by the fact that the documentation (pertinent forum's post) indicated errors in the code in 2011.
 
Old 07-22-2012, 08:42 PM   #9
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Looks like you probably missed the last single-quote off the end, if you execute the following it should work:
Code:
date -u +%W$(uname)|sha256sum|sed 's/\W//g'
I agree with jefro that it's an odd thing to ask new users to do.
Thanks so much! You've solved this for me. It seems like it was a copy & paste error on my part. I was thrown off by the fact that the documentation (pertinent forum's post) indicated errors in the code in 2011. I do not think that this forum has a thank you button
 
Old 07-22-2012, 08:44 PM   #10
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Can't mark this thread as solved

I'd mark this thread as solved, but there are no tools to that. I searched the forum titles ("mark as solved"), but nothing came up and I stopped looking when the walmart post appeared.
 
Old 07-22-2012, 09:08 PM   #11
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Thanks so much! You've solved this for me. It seems like it was a copy & paste error on my part. I was thrown off by the fact that the documentation (pertinent forum's post) indicated errors in the code in 2011. I do not think that this forum has a thank you button
You're welcome, the "why is it prompting me for more input" problem is one of those things that once you know it seems obvious.
As for marking this "solved" I think the move to "General" may have removed that option?

I read the thread on the Arch forum and I tend to agree with their stance -- after all people like ham bone will take the time to work out the answer and learn something, if they don't already know it.
 
Old 07-28-2012, 02:56 AM   #12
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Seems rather complex way to join. What if a newbie wanted to join?
That's a filter. Newbie won't feel comfortable on Arch Forum...
 
Old 07-28-2012, 03:08 AM   #13
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That's a filter. Newbie won't feel comfortable on Arch Forum...
If a newbie gets passed that, then there is the install and entropy hell to deal with
 
  


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