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Re: LWAT and the length of usernames


On 31.03.2010 18:03, Martin Schulte wrote:
> trying to add some users using LWAT I saw, the maximum length of a
> username is set to 8 characters. So, i don't think this is a homage  to
> DOS, but is there a reason for this? Or is it possible to change it. I
> look around the /etc/lwat/config.php but nothing to find.

this limit was put into place because ps utils don't resolve names
longer than 8 chars and display the uid instead.

This might cause problems with some scripts with bad input validation,
like it did with killer in the past (IIRC).

Personally I did not experience any problems with longer usernames on
Skolelinux systems.

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