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In debian wheezy terminal i type

su -

It ask for password, which i type but it dont show anything as


I want to it to show at least some asterisks as the placeholder for the password characters as follow:

Password: ************
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There is a way to do it with "sudo" but it does not work with su... But if you want to display "*" with sudo, you need to add this line in "/etc/sudoers" file :

Defaults pwfeedback
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That did not work for me i did visudo then inserted Defaults pwfeedback which failed then i inserted Defaults pwfeedback="*" which also failed. Any idea ... – Nishan Aug 21 '13 at 13:14
Did you tried with "su" or "sudo" ? – Junior Dussouillez Aug 21 '13 at 13:16
BOTH sudo apt-get install vlc -- FAILED su - as said by you FAILED too – Nishan Aug 21 '13 at 13:34
That's weird, it's working for me with sudo, I added the line at the end of my sudoers file. You can also add it elsewhere. For example, after env_reset -> "Defaults env_reset, pwfeedback". – Junior Dussouillez Aug 21 '13 at 13:39
i added it after Defaults secure_path="", however thank you very much for your sincere efforts. – Nishan Aug 21 '13 at 13:51

Is there something that can be done about this?

No, unfortunately. It's an inconsistency in the interface (visual feedback in the GUI, no visual feedback in the terminal), and inconsistencies confuse new users.

I started a thread about this in the Ubuntu Forums called Feedback on entering password in the terminal? I even filed a bug report on the issue, but the developers have rejected it.

So, you've just got to get used to it.

from http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/passwordinterminal

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