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#1 2016-02-03 16:44:58

rwj
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Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

Hi,

I'm trying to register for a wiki account, but can't seem to determine the correct answer for the anti-spam question

pacman -V | base32 | head -1

My Arch installation doesn't have a 'base32' utility, nor could I find one in the repos. I wrote my own in Python - it reads lines from stdin and outputs the base32 encoded equivalent - and used that to give the answer 'BI======' - which is the base32 encoding of the newline character at the start of the 'pacman -V' output, but it's rejected.

I tried a few other possibilities - base32-encoding the entire output, an empty string, and some others that were probably completely ridiculous, but to no avail.

Where am I going wrong?

Thanks,
Richard

Last edited by rwj (2016-02-03 16:45:30)

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#2 2016-02-03 16:51:48

Eschwartz
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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

I think it is a typo and was supposed to be base64.

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#3 2016-02-03 17:27:08

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

This is not a typo. base32 is part of coreutils 8.25.

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#4 2016-02-03 17:34:01

Scimmia
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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

So right now, registration requires running [testing]? Hmm....

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#5 2016-02-03 20:20:32

rwj
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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

Well, I downloaded the coreutils-8.25 package and extracted the 'base32' executable to use.

This gave me 'BIQC4LJNFYQCAIBAEAQCAIBAEAQCAIBAEAQCAICQMFRW2YLOEB3DILRSFYYSALJANRUWEYLMOBWS', which was still rejected.

I'm running Pacman v4.2.1, which appears to be the latest version - any ideas?

Thanks!

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#6 2016-02-03 20:22:26

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

rwj wrote:

I'm running Pacman v4.2.1, which appears to be the latest version - any ideas?

Thanks!

It's not, do a full system update. pacman 5 landed a few days ago.


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#7 2016-02-03 21:44:33

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#8 2016-02-07 14:46:58

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

Wow great, right as I want to create an account in the wiki it doesnt work...

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#9 2016-02-07 15:56:42

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

It still works, you just need to be running testing to answer the question. tongue

If you don't want to run testing (and I advise that you don't), just be patient for a few days until coreutils 8.25 moves into core.


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#10 2016-02-07 16:31:53

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

Or get the 8.25 from SVN and run makepkg:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ge … S_From_SVN

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#11 2016-02-09 14:27:20

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

For all that want to know how: Download the coreutils 8.25 package (Austrian mirror: http://mirror1.htu.tugraz.at/archlinux/ … kg.tar.xz) and extract the binary from usr/bin/base32

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#12 2016-02-13 10:55:37

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

You can also achieve it by reading the manuals for base64 because base32 work the same way

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#13 2016-02-14 12:35:51

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

coreutils 8.25 is in [core] now


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#14 2016-02-28 22:06:20

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

I'm still suffering from the same problem.
I'm running the latest Pacman v5.0.1, libalpm v10.0.1 and coreutils 8.25.
In fact, I get the same answer as the one rwj posted above:

$ pacman -V | base32 | head -1
BIQC4LJNFYQCAIBAEAQCAIBAEAQCAIBAEAQCAICQMFRW2YLOEB3DKLRQFYYSALJANRUWEYLMOBWS

This answer isn't accepted. This is the output from pacman -V:

$ pacman -V

 .--.                  Pacman v5.0.1 - libalpm v10.0.1
/ _.-' .-.  .-.  .-.   Copyright (C) 2006-2016 Pacman Development Team
\  '-. '-'  '-'  '-'   Copyright (C) 2002-2006 Judd Vinet
 '--'
                       This program may be freely redistributed under
                       the terms of the GNU General Public License.
 

Would be nice to be able to sign up.
Any help would be appreciated.

Last edited by crackhead (2016-02-28 22:10:19)

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#15 2016-02-28 22:18:12

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

I'm afraid that the captcha is out of date. Try "pacman -V | sed s/v5.0.1/v5.0.0/ | base32 | head -1" instead, and if that works, feel free to file a bug report.

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#16 2016-02-29 19:54:59

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

Including the said sed invocation doesn't change the output after piping through base32, also when the sed argument gets quoted.
So any news on this one? Is it by any chance sort of intentional due to the problems discussed in FS#47837?

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#17 2016-02-29 20:08:24

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

The base32 encoded strings differ in exactly one character and it is on the first line, so the whole result is different. Does the sed middle term change the response of the captcha?

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#18 2016-02-29 21:04:37

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

Indeed, I missed that single digit that's different, sorry for that.
The result after applying the sed command can be used to register.

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#19 2016-03-02 23:51:53

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

I run into the same trouble. replacing "v5.0.1" with "v5.0.0" fixed it for me too. Couldn't the update of the answer for the arch wiki be automated?

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#20 2018-02-21 19:10:03

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

Please change this ridiculous captcha, it's annoying as hell...

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#21 2018-02-21 19:19:40

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Re: Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration

harryharryharry wrote:

Please change this ridiculous captcha, it's annoying as hell...

no.

Closing this old thread.


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