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Bug#576179: please document length issues of usernames

package: lwat
severity: wishlist
x-debbugs-cc: debian-edu@lists.debian.org

On Mittwoch, 31. März 2010, Philipp Huebner 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.

This is somewhat a FAQ and it would be really nice if this could be documented 
somewhere, best probably directly in the GUI. 



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