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Use Optimized Kernel
I'm new here so I apologize for any "dumb" questions I may have.

Hashtopolis version: 0.12.0
Hashcat version: 6.2.4

I've been working on creating a mask+wordlist task but there seems to be something either I'm doing wrong or an issue with hashtopolis. I'm testing this out on a single NTLM hash. The command I'm running is -a7 -w4 #HL# ?a wordlist.txt which does seem to work, however it takes about 12 hours for it to complete. The system I'm using has 8 2080TIs so there should be no reason why it takes that long for the task to finish. When I SSH to the system and run hashcat manually with hashcat.bin -m 1000 -a7 -w4 hash.txt ?a wordlist.txt it completes in about 7 hours which still seems like a long time, but when I add the -O to use optimized kernels it finishes in about 40 minutes. My question is when I try to add the -O to the hashtopolis command, -a7 -w4 -O #HL# ?a wordlist.txt and I look at the agent status, it ends up saying Agent Error. Is there a way that you can specify hashtopolis to use optimized kernels or am I just doing something wrong? The wordlist I'm using is 115GB so I know it's very large and will take some time to get through but I feel like it should be quicker than 12 hours since running it with hashcat manually is much quicker.
The problem here lays with the way how hashcat splits work for such a hybrid task. It uses the left part to split, which in your case allows only to split into 95 pieces in total. So Hashtopolis has a really hard time to get a useful benchmark value out of hashcat and cannot split the task in a good way.

In a case like yours, I would recommend that you just use a rule file which just prepends all the desired characters to a given candidate. This way, hashcat will split by wordlist entries, which allows a much more fine-grained control for the distribution.

So your rule file would then look like:

Ok, that does make sense to me now that you say that. Like I said I'm pretty new to the whole hashtopolis thing. I'll create rule files for prepending 1, 2, and 3 characters. Thanks for the help on this.

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