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    Can't see password in terminal

    after typing in commands in the terminal it asks for password but i cant type it in please help thxs.AlonzoB

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    Re: Can't see password in terminal

    This is normal

    If you type your password correctly, and hit enter, it will work as you expect.

    Not showing a password is normal for terminal applications, it's a security thing

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    Re: Can't see password in terminal

    This seems to be confusing or distressing to many beginners. Perhaps one ought to look into making it an option to output ***'s when the password is typed.

    Seems like the sort of thing ubuntu developers would do.

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    Re: Can't see password in terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by llamabr View Post
    This seems to be confusing or distressing to many beginners. Perhaps one ought to look into making it an option to output ***'s when the password is typed.

    Seems like the sort of thing ubuntu developers would do.

    And the sort of thing that will push away long time Linux users.

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    Re: Can't see password in terminal

    Indeed it will.

    Ubuntu doesn't target hard core users anymore it's the laughing stock of all distributions. So they might aswell go ahead and let the characters show.
    They've done worse.

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    Re: Can't see password in terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by skymera View Post
    Indeed it will.

    Ubuntu doesn't target hard core users anymore it's the laughing stock of all distributions. So they might aswell go ahead and let the characters show.
    They've done worse.
    It took me all week to figure out why ctrl-alt-backspace didn't work anymore. I thought it was a bug -- they call it a feature.

    Ubuntu takes away everything confusing or harmful anyway. I figure we add this one to the bunch.

    If ubuntu didn't work so well, I wouldn't use it.

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    Re: Can't see password in terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by skymera View Post
    ubuntu doesn't target hard core users anymore
    Quote Originally Posted by skymera View Post
    so they might aswell go ahead and let the characters show. They've done worse.
    +1
    Last edited by Ms_Angel_D; April 16th, 2009 at 08:59 PM.

    OS: Kubuntu 12.04 LTS|| CPU: AMD Athlon 64x2 || RAM: 3GB DDR2(PC-6400) || Display: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT 1024mb

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    Re: Can't see password in terminal

    ok lol thxs guys for the help

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    Re: Can't see password in terminal

    Just to add my two cents...
    It's one thing to take away ctrl+alt+delete.
    It's another thing completely to start hacking away at security.
    Kory

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    Angry Re: Can't see password in terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by llamabr View Post
    It took me all week to figure out why ctrl-alt-backspace didn't work anymore. I thought it was a bug -- they call it a feature.

    Ubuntu takes away everything confusing or harmful anyway. I figure we add this one to the bunch.

    If ubuntu didn't work so well, I wouldn't use it.
    It is a feature of Xorg itself. Just look at : http://bgoglin.livejournal.com/16916.html

    So ubuntu is not guilty here. It is so simple to bash canonical for every single thing...
    Only knowledge will set you free.
    Ubuntu user #3088
    Using Linux-only PC powered since december 2004, Ubuntu user since june 2006.
    Acer Laptop 5520g / Ubuntu 9.04 - AMD64.

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