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Re: Long usernames

On Tue, Oct 26, 1999 at 01:38:15PM -0300, charlesiii@theverge.com wrote:

> > > Hmm.  My box took long usernames from the get-go.  Have you tried to create
> > > a long name and had it fail?  This install of mine is over a year old.
> > Nobody  forbids you to use long user names on a GNU system. It's just
> > probable that some software on other systems will fail when handed a >8
> > username.
> Have you found any such software ?

Plain old `/usr/bin/w' will output truncated overlong usernames.  Also
`/bin/ps' and `/usr/bin/top'.  There are probably more.

>  And it should just require a
> recompile if the defines where used right.

Right.  But then again, why use a distribution when you can compile most of
stuff yourself?  :-) 

I really believe it's not worth the trouble of using usernames longer than 8

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