Re: Username length inconsistencies.
In article <[🔎] email@example.com>,
Rob Browning <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>What's the limit on username lengths? I poked around but couldn't
>find any indication. I know that some programs make assumptions
>(yuck), but I didn't know what that usual assumption was.
With GNU libc one of the main obstacles that limited Linux to 8 character
usernames, utmp.ut_user, is gone (it's now 32 characters).
Since then we've been limiting the username length on our system to
10 characters max (only because the *&^%^ DOS accounting system is
limited to a 10-character username) and we have not run into trouble yet.
So 10 is definitely safe, but I don't know what would happen with -say -
25 character usernames. Oh, and for fun, try a username with a "." in
it. It will break a lot of things unsuspectedly ..
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