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openssl.vim : Turn Vim into a Password Safe and edit openssl encrypted files

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Noah Spurrier
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== Edit OpenSSL encrypted files and turn Vim into a Password Safe! ==

This plugin enables reading and writing of files encrypted using OpenSSL.
The file must have the extension of one of the ciphers used by OpenSSL. For

   .des3 .aes .bf .bfa .idea .cast .rc2 .rc4 .rc5

This will turn off the swap file and .viminfo log. The `openssl` command
line tool must be in the path.

== Install ==

Put this in your plugin directory and Vim will automatically load it:


You can start by editing an empty unencrypted file. Give it one of the
extensions above. When you write the file you will be asked to give it a new

== Simple Vim Password Safe ==

If you edit any file named '.auth.bfa' (that's the full name, not just the
extension) then this plugin will add folding features and an automatic quit

Vim will quit automatically after 5 minutes of no typing activity (unless
the file has been changed).

This plugin will fold on wiki-style headlines in the following format:

    == This is a headline ==

Any notes under the headline will be inside the fold until the next headline
is reached. The SPACE key will toggle a fold open and closed. The q key will
quit Vim. Create the following example file named ~/.auth.des3:

    == Colo server ==

    username: maryjane password: esydpm

    == Office server ==

    username: peter password: 4m4z1ng

Then create this bash alias:

    alias auth='view ~/.auth.des3'

Now you can view your password safe by typing 'auth'. When Vim starts all
the password information will be hidden under the headlines. To view the
password information put the cursor on the headline and press SPACE.

Thanks to Tom Purl for the des3 tip.

I release all copyright claims. This code is in the public domain.
Permission is granted to use, copy modify, distribute, and sell this
software for any purpose. I make no guarantee about the suitability of this
software for any purpose and I am not liable for any damages resulting from
its use. Further, I am under no obligation to maintain or extend this
software. It is provided on an 'as is' basis without any expressed or
implied warranty.
install details
Put this in your plugin directory and Vim will automatically load it:


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package script version date Vim version user release notes
openssl.vim 3.2 2008-04-15 7.0 Noah Spurrier I added a feature to make a backup of an encrypted file before writing changes. This helps guard against the situation where you may edit a file and write changes with the wrong password. You can still go back to the previous backup version. The backup file will have the same name as the original file with .bak before the original extension. For example:

    .auth.bfa  -->  .auth.bak.bfa

To turn on backups put the following global definition in your .vimrc file:

    let g:openssl_backup = 1
openssl.vim 3.0 2007-09-07 6.0 Noah Spurrier Initial upload
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