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It will not only show up on your screen, but also in ps output, in your ~/.bash_history (though that one should only be readable to you and the admins) and possibly in some audit or performance logs. You should not pass passwords as arguments to commands. Arguments to commands should be considered public knowledge. For mysql, use ~/.my.cnf as Michael has ...


A better option than providing the password on the command line at all is to make a ~/.my.cnf file with the credentials in it: [client] password=something That way they are also protected against someone looking at the ps output, or your shell history. That said, you can turn off the watch title entirely with the -t option, which will: Turn off the ...

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