gem install highline
require 'highline/import'
ask('password: ') {|q| q.echo = '*' }

On Mar 13, 9:00 am, ara.t.how... / noaa.gov wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Mar 2007, Trans wrote:
> > This has been asked about before, and I've been wondering about it
> > myself. So I worked on it and came up with this. I know it's rather a
> > poor man's way of handling it but at least it's light and portable
> > (well, at least I think it is).
>
> >  def password( msg=nil )
> >    msg ||= "Enter Password"
> >    inp = ''
>
> >    i = Thread.new{ inp = $stdin.gets }
> >    c = Thread.new do
> >      loop do
> >        sleep 0.01
> >        $stdout << "\r#{msg}:        "
> >        $stdout << "\r#{msg}: "
> >        $stdout.flush
> >      end
> >    end
>
> >    i.join
>
> >    return inp
> >  end
>
> gem install highline !!
>
> ;-)
>
> -a
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