Here’s a useful snippet to enable you to securely store passwords in OS X’s keychain and use them in a shell script.
#!/bin/bash PASSWORD=\`exec osascript <<EOF | tr "\\r" "\\n" (\* To use the Keychain to store the admin password then Open /Applications/Utilities/Keychain Access.app Add a new keychain called "TM" Add a Key with the name "test" and store your password in it. I'd recommend learning how keychains work then tailoring the process to your security needs. \*) tell application "Keychain Scripting" set myKeyChain to keychain "TM.keychain" set theKeyList to every key of myKeyChain set thePassword to "" repeat with x from 1 to (length of theKeyList) set theKey to item x of theKeyList if the name of theKey is "test" then set thePassword to password of theKey \--exit repeat leaves us without \--a value returned to the shell script... end if end repeat end tell EOF\` echo "$PASSWORD" exit 0;
Download: Update: As of Leopard it is now possible to do this via the command line tool