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Answer: How do I make password prompts not echo back the user?

by Fastolfe (Vicar)
on Sep 20, 2000 at 21:31 UTC ( #33360=categorized answer: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Q&A > input and output > How do I make password prompts not echo back the user? - Answer contributed by Fastolfe

The easiest solution, under Unix at least, is to call 'stty' to change the terminal's "echo" attribute. I know of no way to do this under Windows or any non-Unix platform, and there may be a more standardized way of doing this (such as via curses or some Term-based module):
print "login: " my $login = <>; print "Password: " system('/usr/bin/stty', '-echo'); # Disable echoing my $password = <>; system('/usr/bin/stty', 'echo'); # Turn it back on

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[james28909]: seems to work fine so far. have not tested any modules yet though

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