Get The “Hacker Effect” From The Sneakers Movie In Your Linux Terminal

We are all conversant with the typical look of Hollywood-portrayed command line interfaces. From decrypting passwords to searching through directories and competing on hacker networks — it’s always more eccentric that the real deal.

And while such depictions are fiction a cool GitHub user has given users the opportunity to bring a certain scene to reality.

Thanks to bartobri (Brian Barto) who has created a command line utility called nms or No More Secrets with which users can replicate the decrypting text visualization from the 1992 movie, Sneakers. After installing No More Secrets, you need to type

All you have to do is install it and type sneakers in the command line and your terminal will be Sneaker awesome. See the invention in action in the gif below:

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You can use nms for normal directories, take, for instance, you can create a long contents list of a directory and then pipe the output to the nms tool via the command below:

ls -l / | nms
Installing No More Secrets

You need to execute the following commands on by one to install nms on Debian/Ubuntu/Mint:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lib32ncurses5-dev lib32ncursesw5-dev
git clone https://github.com/bartobri/no-more-secrets.git
cd ./no-more-secrets
make
sudo make install

Head over to Brian’s GutHub repo to find the installation instructions to install nms on other Linux variants and Mac OS X along with its source code.

Cool effect huh? Reminiscent of that sneakers movie. Try the effect out and share your thoughts on the trick with us.

About The Author
Okoi Martins Jr.
I'm a Computer Scientist with a passion for learning new things in fields ranging from theoretical implications of computer science and mathematical modeling to web development and music. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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