Generating a pseudorandom password or string in Linux bash

Revisions:

Define a function in e.g. ~/.bashrc

genpasswd() {
  tr -dc A-Za-z0-9 < /dev/urandom | head -c ${1:-36} | xargs
}

Where 36 is default length if no parameter is given

Usage

$ genpasswd
GVQ3ZHqrBRDzB1QwASA9uk6YsZPto2GWeRWR

$ genpasswd 7
qvPWx7N

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