Re: Maximum characters in username
On Tue, Jul 25, 2000 at 11:03:05AM -0700, Matthew Thompson wrote:
> Hello, everyone,
> Ok, here's my silly, newbie-esque question for the week: how many
> characters are allowed in a username? I'm under the impression that it is
> 8, but 'adduser' allows you to create users with more characters than
Since the kernel does not know anything about usernames (only uids), it
does not seem that there should be a limit. Indeed, I put the following
in /etc/passwd (don't worry it's gone now)
It was quite easy to log in if I counted correctly.
$ su asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf
It seems to me that the maximum length of the username is thus the same
as the maximum amount of memory you can allocate.
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