RE: Opposite of "interactively"?

Subject: RE: Opposite of "interactively"?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axion -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 11:52:12 -0700

On Fri, 2005-28-10 at 14:39 -0400, mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com wrote:

> Oh, by the way, just as a point of interest - one might wonder why a
> knowledgeable (power) user would bother with a prompted version of an
> operation if they could efficiently pile all the options, flags, etc., into
> one command-line command. Well, if there's a password involved, you'd have
> to type that "in the clear" on the command line, meaning that anyone
> standing near (or watching via a camera) could see the password, or could
> come by later and scroll back in the buffer to view it. If you use a
> prompted version, the password is usually obscured by ******. In the latter
> case, you only need to worry about keystroke- capture spyware.

I don't know what decisions were made in the case of the software you're
working on, but, in general, you can easily set a command line not to
echo the keystrokes. That's frequently done. I imagine that having the
keystrokes replaced by asterisks would be possible, too. In both cases,
you'd fiddle with the standard output.

Bruce Byfield 604-421-7177

"Some died in ecstasy,
Some died in poverty,
But they all die with their boots on
At the shouting end of life."
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