Hi I am trying to complete the overthewire challenges. They require you to extract passwords and login as different users to proceed. Passwords are quite lengthy and I am not able to paste the in in terminal for what I believe is OS X design. I have tried circumventing that using sshpass and putty's plink, but to no success. What way can I do that?

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    Did you try Ctrl+Shift+V or Shift+Insert?
    – Jakuje
    Dec 6, 2015 at 12:17
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    Neither secondary click + Paste nor Ctrl+ Shift+V work, although it works if typed out. Dec 6, 2015 at 12:38
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    I just started this game, and you can paste passwords in OS X Terminal, it just doesn't show stars for every character you type.
    – Behdad
    Dec 7, 2015 at 19:34
  • Do you hit Enter after you paste? Oct 21, 2018 at 5:36

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On macOS when terminal prompts a password it does not show entered characters but it accepts them when you enter. After you paste it with Command (⌘) + V just hit Enter (⏎).


The process below works all the time for me, This requires your mouse. Handy for long strings & passwords.

  1. Copy text/string using mouse
  2. In terminal, using the mouse, position to location and right click to paste
  3. Terminal will show pasted text.

NOTE: Terminal will not display the pasted string(password), Regardless, hit enter and it should work.

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