How do you run hashcat against a plaintext file?
I know that by default hashcat is set to run on MD5's. 
Is there a way to run it against a plaintext file?
I've got a list of passwords I want to use for statistical analysis.
The passwords are written in plain text with no encryption.
I want to see how many passwords my algorithms pick up.
That way I can see how many matches i get.

Is there a file I can paste into the OpenCL directory to do this?
If you look at the algorithms Hashcat supports, you'll see that one of those algorithms is indeed Plaintext.
found it.
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