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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ruby Gem - Highline

I was looking for a way to prompt a user for input on the console and ran across the RubyGem HighLine. It does a lot more than this, but here's how to capture STDIN from the console:

require 'rubygems'
require 'highline/import'

username = ask("Enter your username: ") { |q| q.echo = true }
password = ask("Enter your password: ") { |q| q.echo = "*" }

Here's the output on the console:

$ ruby highline.rb
Enter your username: doug
Enter your password: ******

Get it here:


or simply install the gem the normal way:

$ sudo gem install highline

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