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It depends on your systems cryptographic hash used to store the passwords. do sudo cat /etc/shadow and look for the username followed by $number$ $1$ means you are using MD5 $2$ or $2a$ means you are using blowfish $5$ means you are using SHA-256 $6$ means you are using SHA-512 for example, sha-512 would give you a 2^512 max length. sha-256, 2^256th. ...
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