Re: User Name Not Allowed
On Sunday 19 August 2007, Ron Johnson wrote:
> On 08/19/07 20:23, Hal Vaughan wrote:
> > Since I started using Linux, I've used the same username, "hal",
> > for logging in. With Sarge this was no problem since, somehow, it
> > adapted for the actual hal programs. The first problem I had with
> > it was with Ubuntu, but I got by that by just upgrading my old
> > install instead of making a new one.
> > I installed Etch on a computer for my Mother today and it wouldn't
> > allow me to use "hal." On all my email accounts and other accounts
> > on all the systems I deal with, I've always used the name "hal,"
> > but now it's not allowed.
> > Is there a way around this? Can I get my name back? It seems
> > shortsighted to create systems that create a username like this.
> > It's not as common as john or jane, but it's a well known name that
> > it seems likely people would be using to log in with.
> $ grep hal /etc/passwd
> haldaemon:x:110:116:Hardware abstraction layer\
> But I just tried to add user "hal" on my Sid system and it let me.
I'll check on her system tomorrow and see what shows up. Maybe they
changed the name but didn't take it from the screening list in the
If all else fails, maybe I'll just use hal9000 for everything. Then my
login name will match my license plates. ;-)