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Re: About valid and invalid user names



In article <20050205153241.GB26940@khazad-dum.debian.net> you wrote:
> On Sat, 05 Feb 2005, Marc Haber wrote:
>> adduser has two bug reports open where people are asking for user name
>> rules to be relaxed. One report wants "." to be allowed in user names,
>> another wants usernames to start with numbers.
> 
> Allowing the dot is ok.  I do think that usernames starting with numbers is
> asking for total breakage, though.

Why not make it an configurable RE? You cant avoid ppl breaking their
systems, but you can help them to enforce their policy. For example : may be
fine on non-passwd systems (however some tools will have trouble with that).
chown was recently fixed to allow . in usernames, no?

Gruss
Bernd



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